VA -- Petersburg -- Pamplin Historical Park -- Natl Museum of the Civil War Soldier:
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PAMPNM_150603_029.JPG: The Military Encampment
PAMPNM_150603_033.JPG: The Battlefield Center
PAMPNM_150603_035.JPG: The Breakthrough Trail
PAMPNM_150603_039.JPG: The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier
PAMPNM_150603_043.JPG: Tudor Hall Plantation
PAMPNM_150603_055.JPG: Duty Called Me Here:
The Common Soldier's Experience in the American Civil War
PAMPNM_150603_087.JPG: A Soldier's Life
PAMPNM_150603_192.JPG: The Organization of Civil War Armies
Company -- commanded by a Captain -- 50-100 men
Regiment -- composed of 10 companies, commanded by a colonel -- 400-1,000 men
Brigade -- composed of 4-6 regiments, commanded by a brigadier general -- 1,500-4,000 men
Division -- composed of 3-4 brigades, commanded by a brigadier general or major general -- 4,000-12,000 men
Corps -- composed of 3-4 divisions, commanded by a major general or lieutenant general -- 10,000-25,000 men
Army -- composed of 2 or more corps, commanded by major general or lieutenant general -- 25,000-120,000 men
PAMPNM_150603_219.JPG: Trial by Fire
PAMPNM_150603_230.JPG: Minie Balls and Cartridges
PAMPNM_150603_233.JPG: Percussion Caps
PAMPNM_150603_302.JPG: Bullet Stopped by a Bible
PAMPNM_150603_312.JPG: Death card of William E. Spencer, 1st Wisconsin Cavalry
PAMPNM_150603_327.JPG: Identification Tag:
Commissary Sergeant James H. Zimmerman wore this tag while in service with the 11th Rhode Island Infantry.
PAMPNM_150603_336.JPG: US Identification Tag:
Only 16 years old, Edwin C. Gilmore lied about his age and enlisted in Company A of the 5th New Hampshire Infantry on August 1, 1862. It is not clear how long Gilmore remained with his unit, but on January 13, 1863, he was discharged for "Youth and General Disability."
PAMPNM_150603_356.JPG: Lock from Libby Prison
PAMPNM_150603_363.JPG: Parole Document
PAMPNM_150603_367.JPG: Libby Prison Floor Joists
PAMPNM_150603_373.JPG: Libby Prison Floor Joists
PAMPNM_150603_398.JPG: Opium Bottles
PAMPNM_150603_459.JPG: Invalid Corps Belt
PAMPNM_150603_471.JPG: Civil War soldiers on both sides were driven by a belief in their cause and a sense of duty to their country and community.
That commitment helped him endure the hardships of a soldier's life, and enabled them to shape the history of this nation.
It was their willingness to sacrifice that transformed their lives. It is for that sacrifice, the extraordinary efforts of ordinary American citizens in extreme circumstances, that we honor them today.
PAMPNM_150603_500.JPG: Southern Cross of Honor
The United Daughters of the Confederacy presented this Southern Cross of Honor to Private Solon A. Deakins in 1903. The UDC awarded these medals after the war to Confederate soldiers who served honorably during the Civil War.
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Description of Subject Matter: Journey back into the 19th Century at Pamplin Historical Park and The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier! Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, a Virginia Historic Landmark, and a National Historic Landmark, Pamplin Historical Park is recognized as one of America's premier historical attractions and as the most innovative Civil War history park in the country.
Located on the site of the April 2, 1865 "Breakthrough," the battle that ended the Petersburg Campaign and led to the evacuation of the Confederate capital at Richmond, the Park's 422 acres include four award-winning museums, four antebellum homes, living history venues, and shopping and dining facilities. Costumed interpreters conduct engaging demonstrations of military and civilian life of the Civil War era. Historians conduct guided tours of the battlefield and plantation homes daily.
The award-winning National Museum of the Civil War Soldier forms the Park's centerpiece. Here, the story of the 3 million common soldiers who fought in America's bloodiest conflict is told in breathtaking fashion using the latest museum technology. An impressive artifact collection is set amidst lifelike settings. Interactive learning stations attract kids and grownups alike. The entire experience is keyed to an audio tour featuring the words and "voices" of real participants in the war. Museums interpreting plantation life, slavery in America, and the Breakthrough battlefield of April 2, 1865 are within a short walk of the National Museum.
The Park also offers three miles of interpreted trails winding through some of America's best-preserved Civil War fortifications. Wheelchairs and scooters may be available for those needing assistance. Pamplin Historical Park draws visitors worldwide. Open 362 days annually, Pamplin Historical Park has received accolades from a wide range of national and regional media and has been rated by AAA Automotive Club as a Gem attraction.
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