“It’s a grand reality,” exclaimed India W. Thomas upon the dedication of the new Museum of the Confederacy building on October 3, 1976. “Miss India” had been the Museum’s house regent from 1939-1963 and had started at the Museum as assistant house regent in 1925. For more than a half century she had hoped and dreamed – and planned – for a new building to store and display the collections that had outgrown the space available in the existing museum building (formerly the White House of the Confederacy).
Whether you subscribe to superstition or not, Friday the 13th has entered our popular culture as a harbinger of bad luck (and bad movies). Eight Fridays fell on the 13th during the American Civil War. Some saw major battles, others mere skirmishes. But were these days host to specific instances of bad luck? Anyone who was wounded in the fighting or who lost a loved one might have thought so. See for yourself as we recap each day. (follow the links to learn more about that day's events or see related artifacts from our collection)