CIVIL WAR MUSEUM
of Philadelphia

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

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     Mower Military Hospital, Chestnut Hill, PA. 

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     Portrait of General George Gordon Meade at Gettysburg by Thomas Hicks

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

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

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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


    • Event May 12

The Civil War Museum Welcomes Michael Useem


Board member, Ken Butera, and Karol Wasylyshyn, welcomed the Board of Governors and their guests to a very special event on May 12th where Michael Useem, Wharton professor and leadership expert, presented his analysis of how effective leaders like Joshua Chamberlain take action and face their moments of truth, revealing how…

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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…

National Congress of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion, Commandery-in-Chief

The Civil War Museum President, Sharon Smith, was a featured speaker at the National Congress of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion, Commandery-in-Chief, on October 15, 2011 at Union League of Philadelphia. Take a look at the video.


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

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.  According to Andrew Coldren, Curator at the Civil War Museum of Philadelphia,…

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Save America's Treasures

In 2009, the Civil War Museum of Philadelphia began an extensive project to conserve material in the Museum’s collection thanks to a generous $150,000 grant from the federal “Save America’s Treasures” grant program along with matching funds from the William Penn Foundation. The two-year project will conserve and rehouse high priority…

Save America's Treasures

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  • Read about the Save America's Treasures Grant


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Coming Soon!

The Civil War Museum of Philadelphia is planning a new facility to showcase the largest and most significant collection of Civil War artifacts outside of government hands and to tell the story of Philadelphia’s central role in prosecuting the war. To learn more…




 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.

    • Steven Erisoty inpainting The Armed Slave by W. Spang
    • Paintings Conservator Steven Erisoty inpainting The Armed Slave by W. Spang

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    • Bullet-struck pocket watch of Sgt. John O. Foering, 28th Pennsylvania Infantry

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    • Bullet-struck pocket watch of Sgt. John O. Foering, 28th Pennsylvania Infantry

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    • Bullet-struck pocket watch of Sgt. John O. Foering, 28th Pennsylvania Infantry

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    • Bullet-struck pocket watch of Sgt. John O. Foering, 28th Pennsylvania Infantry

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    • Bullet-struck pocket watch of Sgt. John O. Foering, 28th Pennsylvania Infantry

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    • 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

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