The Indiana Historical Society (IHS) invites guests to experience the battle that changed the course of the Civil War with its newest exhibit, You Are There 1863: Letter Home from Gettysburg.
The exhibit is based on the largely unknown eyewitness account of Captain David Enoch Beem of the 14th Indiana Infantry Regiment. In a letter dated July 5, 1863, Capt. Beem wrote of his experiences at Gettysburg, the deadliest battle of the war, which resulted in more than 50,000 casualties.
As visitors enter the exhibit, they will join Capt. Beem's wife Mahala in the parlor of the home she shares with her in-laws in Spencer, Indiana. Mahala will share this highly anticipated letter with guests and prompt a multimedia experience that brings her husband's words to life.
Following the film, visitors may speak with Mahala about the letter and the support she has received from friends and neighbors. Visitors may also meet other characters, such as her in-laws Levi or Sarah Beem, who are experiencing life on the home front in different ways.
In another section of the exhibit, guests can explore additional Indiana ties to the Civil War, such as Gov. Oliver P. Morton's call for volunteers and Capt. Beem's 14th Indiana Infantry Regiment. Also, visitors will find out what happened to Capt. Beem and his family following the war.