Salem Museum Speaker Series: Burial or Exhumation? Caring for the Civil War Dead

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On Monday, October 21 at 7 pm at the Salem Museum, historian Scott Crawford will explore a hidden aspect of the Civil War through a detailed look at a late 19th century American painting. His talk is free and open to the public.

Scott Crawford was intrigued by a late 1800s painting at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. While this painting by Linton Park was originally known as “The Burial,” Crawford thought he saw something else. His research on the painting led Crawford to examine one of the challenges of the Civil War that has been long forgotten: how to property care for the dead, and the massive logistical issues tied to finding deceased soldiers, identifying them, and then carrying them to their final resting places. Crawford’s research led the National Gallery of Art to rename the piece “The Exhumation,” arguing that it actually depicted the relatives of a dead Union soldier, claiming his remains to transport them back home.

B. Scott Crawford has roughly 25 years experience in education and is currently the Vice President of VA811. He holds a master’s degree in history with a concentration in American history. Crawford has taught history in a public school division, and at the Taubman Museum of Art, Radford University, Virginia Western Community College, and Virginia Tech, as well as continuing to teach the seminar on business decision making as part of Virginian Tech's A Toolkit for 21st Century Leaders program. Between 2009 and 2015, he appeared monthly on WSLS Channel 10's Daytime Blue Ridge as the "Art Detective." Crawford serves on the Roanoke Arts Commission, where he is the chair of the Collections Committee.

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Salem Museum Speaker Series: Burial or Exhumation? Caring for the Civil War Dead
  • 801 East Main Street
  • Salem, VA 24153
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  • Salem Museum & Historical Society
  • Free