By Seiler Smith

The Civil War tore the country apart. More than 3 million people fought in the war, and there were more than 500,000 casualties. The country pit family against family and, especially here in Kentucky, brother against brother.

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War, the Frazier History Museum is reopening the exhibit “My Brother, My Enemy: The Civil War in Kentucky,” which highlights this issue. Also, there will be a special event held in conjunction with the Kentucky Opera — titled “The Battle Cry of Freedom: A Musical Journey through the Civil War” — that’ll feature a performance of songs from the Civil War era.

The free event is Thursday, Feb. 26, at the Frazier History Museum, 829 W. Main St. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the performance begins at 6. There will also be an hour-long meet-and-greet with the artists after the performance, and a cash bar.

For more information, visit or call 753-5663.