2007 – Taneytown’s Civil War Legacy

“Taneytown’s Civil War Legacy” exhibit had it’s Grand Opening May 19, 2007 at the Taneytown History Museum located at 24 East Baltimore Street, Taneytown, MD. This exhibit focused on Taneytown’s participation in the Civil War. Decedents of Taneytown’s Civil War Veterans and Living History Enactors were present for the show opening.

Civil War Exhibit Receives Praise

Taneytown’s Civil War Legacy exhibit, displayed in the second-floor gallery of the Taneytown Museum is a must-see for any Carroll Countian with an interest in local Civil War memorabilia, genealogy or a great display of weapons, flags and other items from private homes and collections never before available for public viewing. The museum and volunteers have done an excellent job of providing detailed labels interpreting each item. Young men from the Taneytown area who enlisted in the Union Army in 1862 are featured in the displays. One in particular is Sgt. John Ezra Buffington, 6th Maryland Volunteer Infantry, who was awarded the Medal of Honor for being the first Union enlisted man to mount the parapet of the Confederate entrenchment at Petersburg, Va., on April 2, 1865.

His heroic actions will be the subject of a granite and bronze monument designed by the renowned sculptor Gary Casteel. The monument is scheduled to be dedicated April 2, 2008, according to a press release by the 6th Maryland Regiment of Infantry Descendants Association.

The full Civil War exhibit at Taneytown is schedule to close Oct. 27, however, portions of the exhibit will be displayed elsewhere in the museum after that.

I have been a student of Carroll County’s Civil War history for more than four decades, and I rate this special exhibit outstanding!

Tom LeGore , Finksburg

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Sunday, September 9, 2007
Carroll County Times