HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — A museum in Hagerstown is showcasing a wide range of Civil War-era artistry to mark the 150th anniversary of the war between the states.

The exhibition called “Valley of the Shadow” opens with a reception for museum patrons Friday at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts. It opens to the public Saturday. It features a rotating display of more than 400 paintings,
photographs, weapons and clothing from a number of mostly private collections.

Museum Director Rebecca Massie Lane says the show will continue through July of next year. It encompasses the battles of Antietam and Gettysburg.

The Battle of Antietam occurred 150 years ago this September in nearby Sharpsburg. The Battle of Gettysburg was fought the following July in south-central Pennsylvania.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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