By Adam H. Alfrey, curator and operations manager for the East Tennessee History Center

On view through October 13, 2013, the Museum of East Tennessee History’s feature exhibition, Of Sword and Pen, uses rare, original Civil War documents and artifacts to connect East Tennesseans to their past.

Small, leather-bound journals and loose-leaf letters lined alternately with words of fear and courage, questionings and beliefs.

Official documents forged by the hands of politicians and the will of their constituents, which forever change Tennessee’s course in history. 

A quick sketch...