Lewis Kercheval Civil War Flag
The 30-star Lewis Kercheval Civil War Flag was carried several battles was hand-made, an artifact discovered in an old homestead barn. In 1863, Kercheval used the colors in the battle at Chickamauga Creek, Tennessee--a two-day turning point where 4,000 were killed and 35,000 injured. The Sheridan Historical Society raised funds to restore the flag, which had been found in tatters. And thanks to the great talents of experts who work with textiles and $10,000, the artifact is now preserved, with its story of family and love of country told, and it stands proudly framed to mystify museum visitors.
Restored Wes Williams Civil War Drum
J. Wesley Williams, born in 1856, had a life-changing experience as an eight-year-old boy. Living with his father, Captain William E. Williams, in Kentucky, he was given a birthday present in 1864--a drum he learned to play to help provide cadence for Union soldiers drilling for the Civil War. The family relocated after the war to Sheridan, then known as Millwood. Celebrated for his expertise, Wes Williams drummed for ceremonies to lay the cornerstone of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in Indianapolis as well as numerous military funerals.