Feb 12

Originally in the Rosensteel Museum near Little Round Top, this display shows two minie balls that collided in mid-air during the Battle of Gettysburg. Museum Curator Erik Dorr told us that the Confederate Minie Ball is on the left, and the Union Minie Ball is on the right. The bullets have been worn down over the years as a Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide used them for his visitors to handle during his tours. This view was taken facing west at approximately 5:30 PM on Monday, February 1, 2010.

The Gettysburg Museum of History is a privately owned museum on Baltimore Street. Containing approximately 4000 artifacts, it is one of the few remaining FREE Civil War Museums in Gettysburg. It is set up to look like the museums that were in multiple locations in the Gettysburg area during the early part of the twentieth century. Owner Erik Dorr showed us some of the highlights.

In our first Gettysburg Museum of History post, owner and curator Erik Dorr gave us a brief overview of the museum.

In today’s post, Erik Dorr shows us objects in the entrance hall, the Civil War Room, and the Presidential Room.

You may visit the Gettysburg Museum of History online at gettysburgmuseumofhistory.com

The Gettysburg Museum of History is actively attempting to increase its collection by acquiring items from local families and military veterans.

To contact the Museum, please click here to reveal their email address.

Get the Flash Player to see this player.

In Video #4 (Videos #1- #3 were shown in our previous post, owner Erik Dorr shows us some items in the entrance hall of the Gettysburg Museum of History. This view was taken facing north to east to south at approximately 5:30 PM on Monday, February 1, 2010.

The tag for this object reads: “Temporary Grave Marker of Horace A. Lampry, Co. B 2nd New Hampshire Infantry. Killed at the Battle of Oak Grove (Henrico County, Virginia), June 26th 1862. Co. B had 22 men killed and wounded out of 42. Lampry’s Family paid to have his body shipped home. This marker was nailed to the coffin. Lampry is buried in Concord, N.H. Temporary Markers were almost always discarded, this being one of only a few that survived.” This view was taken facing northeast at approximately 5:30 PM on Monday, February 1, 2010.

The Ulysses S. Grant display… This view was taken facing northeast at approximately 5:30 PM on Monday, February 1, 2010.

…contains one of Grant’s cigars… This view was taken facing northeast at approximately 5:30 PM on Monday, February 1, 2010.

…and some black crepe used on Grant’s funeral bier. This view was taken facing north at approximately 5:30 PM on Monday, February 1, 2010.

A Battle of Gettysburg damage claim form for John Slyder’s farm on the south end of the battlefield. This view was taken facing northeast at approximately 5:30 PM on Monday, February 1, 2010.

What the entrance to every Gettysburg home needs, a coat rack made of Civil War muskets. This view was taken facing southeast at approximately 5:30 PM on Monday, February 1, 2010.

Museum Owner and Curator Erik Dorr has now moved into the Civil War room to show us some of this room’s highlights. This view was taken facing south at approximately 5:30 PM on Monday, February 1, 2010.

Get the Flash Player to see this player.

In Video #5, Erik Dorr shows us some items in the Civil War room including a Confederate Enfield Rifle found in the Wheatfield. This view was taken facing south to west at approximately 5:30 PM on Monday, February 1, 2010.

The display for Nelson H. Sibley… This view was taken facing southwest at approximately 5:30 PM on Monday, February 1, 2010.

…who had this Enfield minie ball lodged in his face for a year. This view was taken facing west at approximately 5:30 PM on Monday, February 1, 2010.

The Confederate Enfield rifle found near Rose’s Wheatfield at Gettysburg. This view was taken facing southwest at approximately 5:30 PM on Monday, February 1, 2010.

The tag on the stock of the Confederate Enfield reads: “Southern rifle taken from the body found near the Wheatfield by James Marshall Gettysburg. August 13, 1863.” This view was taken facing northwest at approximately 5:30 PM on Monday, February 1, 2010.

The remains of a Springfield musket struck by a canister ball at Gettysburg. A sample canister ball is in the foreground. This view was taken facing southwest at approximately 5:30 PM on Monday, February 1, 2010.

Two desk sets. The one on the left belonged to Major General Oliver O. Howard. This view was taken facing west at approximately 5:30 PM on Monday, February 1, 2010.

A U.S. boxplate, struck by a minie ball, found on Little Round Top. This view was taken facing west at approximately 5:30 PM on Monday, February 1, 2010.

Our guide, Erik Dorr, has now moved into the Presidential Room. This view was taken facing southwest at approximately 5:30 PM on Monday, February 1, 2010.

Get the Flash Player to see this player.

In Video #6, Erik Dorr shows us Presidential items, including a lock of George Washington’s hair, Abraham Lincoln’s wallet, and Harry S Truman’s hat. This view was taken facing south and southwest at approximately 5:30 PM on Monday, February 1, 2010.

Locks of George and Martha Washington’s hair sit on the red velvet “pillow.” This view was taken facing southwest at approximately 5:30 PM on Monday, February 1, 2010.

Abraham Lincoln’s wallet. This view was taken facing south at approximately 5:30 PM on Monday, February 1, 2010.

First Lady Florence Harding’s shoes, and the wallets of Presidents Warren G. Harding and Chester A. Arthur. This view was taken facing south at approximately 5:30 PM on Monday, February 1, 2010.

Inside the glass container with the blue velvet is a piece of the towel used around the head of President Lincoln at Ford’s Theater. This view was taken facing south at approximately 5:30 PM on Monday, February 1, 2010.

A check to former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Texas Congressman, John Nance Garner. Garner was Vice President of the United States (and therefore President of the U.S. Senate) under Franklin D. Roosevelt when this check was written on a U.S. Senate account in 1937. This view was taken facing southwest at approximately 5:30 PM on Monday, February 1, 2010.

The eyeglasses of the 38th President of the United States, Gerald R. Ford. This view was taken facing southwest at approximately 5:30 PM on Monday, February 1, 2010.

In the Presidential section is a display for John Wilkes Booth… This view was taken facing southwest at approximately 5:30 PM on Monday, February 1, 2010.

…which contains a portion of the splint used by Dr. Samuel Mudd to set Booth’s broken leg. This view was taken facing southwest at approximately 5:30 PM on Monday, February 1, 2010.

One of President Harry S Truman’s fedoras. This view was taken facing south at approximately 5:30 PM on Monday, February 1, 2010.

The wristband President Truman (1884-1972) was wearing when he died of heart failure on December 26, 1972 at 7:50 AM at Research Hospital and Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri. President Truman was 88 years old. This view was taken facing south at approximately 5:30 PM on Monday, February 1, 2010.

One of First Lady Mamie Eisenhower’s hats. This view was taken facing southwest at approximately 5:30 PM on Monday, February 1, 2010.


About Us  •  Support  •  Archives  •  Subscribe  •  Creative Commons License