Nov. 2016: Museum to host rifle display & re-enactors

posted Oct 3, 2016, 8:52 AM by F-LC Museum

Fayetteville-Lincoln County Museum to display Alfred Bearden Southern Long Rifle Collection and host Civil War Interpretive Group


The Fayetteville-Lincoln County Museum & Civic Center located at 521 South Main Street will host a display featuring the Southern Long Rifles made by Lincoln County resident Alfred Bearden on Saturday, November 12th during the Host of Christmas Past. These long rifles, which were made between 1830 and 1870 are remarkable examples of the hand crafted long rifles that were made famous throughout the frontier during the 1700 and 1800’s. 


Along with the rifles, on display as well will be a collection highlighting the various types of uniforms worn during the Civil War and the rations carried on a daily basis by the soldiers. Civil War historical reenactors will be present to share with you how soldiers lived and answer questions you may have related to the life of the average solder who fought during the Civil War.


Alfred Bearden moved from South Carolina to Tennessee in the early 1800’s settling on what is today Hwy 110 between Fayetteville and Taft. The family cemetery is still located at that location. Alfred Bearden was a past master of Andrew Jackson Lodge #68 F&AM, a farmer, gunsmith, and distinguished citizen of our community. 


Of the many children of Alfred and Margaret Bearden, none were more famous than their son, Captain N.M. Bearden, Company “E” 8th Tennessee, which was comprised of men from Lincoln County. Captain Bearden was wounded during the first day’s fighting during the Battle of Stones River. Following his wounding, his father and several other family members went to Murfreesboro to care for Captain Bearden, as well as other men from Lincoln County who were wounded. The story of Captain Bearden’s wounding and subsequent death have been used as source material in countless books and magazines. Information on the Bearden family in general, pictures of Captain Bearden and his sword, along with the original 8th Tennessee Regimental flag will be on display as well. 


Please make a point to visit the Fayetteville-Lincoln County Museum & Civic Center on Saturday during the Host of Christmas Past to see these informative artifacts and learn more about our community’s history. 

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