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National Civil War Museum – Virtual Tour

National Civil War Museum - Virtual Tour

National Civil War Museum – Virtual Tour

The National Civil War Museum is a history museum that preserves the material culture relevant to the American Civil War of 1861–1865, and the aftermath of the war.

It also provides sources of information related to Civil War Veterans’ service organizations, including the Grand Army of the Republic, United Confederate Veterans and the Daughters of the Confederacy to 1920.

The museum also serves as the National Headquarters for the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, the successor to the Grand Army of the Republic. 

The museum’s exhibits are designed to tell:

“the entire story of the American Civil War … without bias to the Union or Confederate causes.”

The exhibition covers the period from 1850 to 1876, with its major focus on the Civil War years of 1861 to 1865.

The Museum’s collection includes over 24,000 artifacts, photographs, documents, manuscripts, and other printed matter. Three-dimensional artifacts collection comprises of about 3,500 items.

National Civil War Museum - Virtual Tour

The museum’s critical galleries include:

  • A House Divided, 1850–1860, examines the events leading up to the Civil War
  • American Slavery
  • First Shots, April 1861, Fort Sumter
  • Weapons and Equipment Artifacts
  • Campaigns and Battles 
  • Gettysburg, 1863, casualties of nearly 50,000 men made it the largest battle ever on North American soil
  • Lincoln: War & Remembrance, Abraham Lincoln, and veterans’ roles after the war

National Civil War Museum - Virtual Tour

Highlights of the National Civil War Museum

  • Chains, iron shackles, and bracelets from the slave trade, including a slave collar 
  • The portable writing kit of General Winfield Scott
  • Major General George McClellan’s saddle, used when he was General-In-Chief of the Union army
  • A sword belt presented to General Ulysses S. Grant to commemorate the capture of Vicksburg
  • Doeskin riding gauntlets belonging to Lee
  • Lee’s Bible, inscribed in his hand, used for almost 20 years
  • The last battle map used by General Robert E. Lee during the Appomattox campaign
  • Various rifles, revolvers, officer’s swords, and munitions later discovered on battlefields
  • A wooden saddle and tack box used by Grant
  • Memorabilia from Civil War veterans reunions
  • A collection of memorabilia from Lincoln’s assassination 
  • A Lincoln administration china plate and a lantern from Lincoln’s home in Springfield, Illinois

National Civil War Museum - Virtual Tour

National Civil War Museum

  • Museum:               National Civil War Museum
  • City:                       Harrisburg
  • State:                     Pennsylvania
  • Country:                United States
  • Opened:                2001      
  • Type:                      Military and War Museums
  • Category:              National Museum of the United States 
  • Location:               One Lincoln Circle at Reservoir Park in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

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National Civil War Museum – 360 Views

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National Civil War Museum

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National Civil War Museum

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National Civil War Museum

National Civil War Museum

National Civil War Museum

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“War is cruelty. There is no use trying to reform it. The crueler it is, the sooner it will be over.”
– William Tecumseh Sherman

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Photo Credit: Adam Jones from Kelowna, BC, Canada / CC BY-SA (creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)

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