Daily Archives: June 1, 2009

CWN on Philly’s Civil War museum

Check out this story from Civil War News, which features an update and background information on Philadelphia’s Civil War and Underground Railroad Museum.  This is the museum that was promised funds for a new building by the state, packed up its collection, left its old quarters—and was then denied the funds needed to move to a new home.

I had the privilege of seeing the collection a few years ago, and it’s a fantastic assemblage of material: Meade’s uniform, Reynolds’s death saddle, Grant’s death mask, and more escutcheons and firearms than you can shake a stick at, among other treasures.  If you live in Pennsylvania, contact your state officials and tell them to release the funds the CWURM was promised, so these items can be back on public view, where they belong.


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