CIVIL WAR MUSEUM
of Philadelphia

  • ">Grant presentation sword AT (4)

    A sword presented to General Ulysses S. Grant's by his offficers after the capture of Vicksburg in 1863. Manufactured by Tiffany, New York.

  • ">Mower Hospital

     Mower Military Hospital, Chestnut Hill, PA. 

  • ">Meade portrait

     Portrait of General George Gordon Meade at Gettysburg by Thomas Hicks

  • ">Inpainting George Meade album close up

    During conservation work, inpainting losses in a photograph from the George Meade Jr. album.

  • ">The armed slave (Spang)

    The Armed Slave, by William Spang, currently on loan to the African American Museum in Philadelphia.

  • Previous
  • Next

The mission of the Civil War Museum of Philadelphia is to interpret the struggle for freedom, equality, and national unity in the mid-19th century; tell the story of the Civil War from the perspectives of the individuals who shaped it; and inspire a renewed dedication to the Nation's founding principles today.

The Collection in Context


    • websitecwmp ncc gf at ncc 1

Board of Governors Announces Plans for the Future

Back row: Ed W. Clark, Superintendent, Gettysburg National Military Park
Mark Bender, CWMP Board; Craig Bashein, Gettysburg Foundation Board; Robert Kinsley, Chair, Gettysburg Foundation Board; Sharon Smith, President, CWMP; Joanne Hanley, President, Gettysburg Foundation; Jeffrey Rosen, President, National Constitution Center; and Oliver St. Clair Franklin, Chair, CWMP Board

The leadership of…
    • Birch's Record in War after treatment (10.061)

Conserving soldier Carlton Birch's Record in War

Carlton Birch created an extensive account of his day-to-day life serving as a soldier in the Civil War through the letters, notes, and small drawings he sent to his family.  A Michigan native, Birch originally enlisted in the First Michigan Volunteer Infantry Regiment, then transferred to a Pennsylvania unit.  Although little…

    • meade conservation

Conservation of the George Meade, Jr. Album of Union and Confederate Officers

 CCAHA Mellon Fellow Jessica Keister inpainting photographs


The Meade Album holds almost 1,400 carte-de-visite portraits of all the officers who served in the Army of the Potomac, the major Union army famous for fighting under General George G. Meade in the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863.  The album was assembled by…

Recent Conservation Work


 Items from the Collection

    • Lincoln portrait
    • This portrait of Abraham Lincoln, by David Bustill Bowser, will receive conservation treatment (funded by a Save America's Treasures grant)

    • The armed slave (Spang)
    • The Armed Slave, by William Spang, currently on loan to the African American Museum in Philadelphia.

    • 863851
    • 86203 4
    • 8633
    • 862420
  • Previous
  • Next
    • bullet struck pocket watch of sgt john o foering 86 20 3 1
    • Bullet-struck pocket watch of Sgt. John O. Foering, 28th Pennsylvania Infantry

    • bullet struck pocket watch of sgt john o foering 86 20 3 2
    • Bullet-struck pocket watch of Sgt. John O. Foering, 28th Pennsylvania Infantry

    • bullet struck pocket watch of sgt john o foering 86 20 3 3
    • Bullet-struck pocket watch of Sgt. John O. Foering, 28th Pennsylvania Infantry

    • bullet struck pocket watch of sgt john o foering 86 20 3 4
    • Bullet-struck pocket watch of Sgt. John O. Foering, 28th Pennsylvania Infantry

    • bullet struck pocket watch of sgt john o foering 86 20 3 5
    • Bullet-struck pocket watch of Sgt. John O. Foering, 28th Pennsylvania Infantry

  • Previous
  • Next
    • calfskin knapsack of pvt john s greer (86.12.44)
    • Calfskin knapsack of Pvt. John S. Greer, Co. C, 2nd U.S. Sharpshooters

    • calfskin knapsack of pvt john s greer (86.12.44.2)
    • Interior of calfskin knapsack of Pvt. John S. Greer, Co. C, 2nd U.S. Sharpshooters

  • Previous
  • Next