Historians and tourism officials jumped at the chance to buy two recently uncovered watercolor paintings that depict Civil War-era forts that once stood near Elizabethtown.

Hardin County History Museum representatives acquired the paintings, which had surfaced in Knoxville, Tenn. The News-Enterprise reports that the museum plans to display the works and sell prints in time for the Civil War sesquicentennial.

The two Edward Henry paintings of the Union strongholds Fort Sands and Fort Boyle fetched $3,000.

The paintings surfaced in December when Betty J. Gorin, who owned another Henry painting, told Elizabethtown historian Elvin Smith Jr. about them.

The University of Tennessee authenticated the paintings.

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