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Civil War Artifact Preservation


Civil War Preservation of Gettysburg Artifacts

Civil War preservation extends beyond land preservation. At Gettysburg, Civil War preservation includes Gettysburg National Military Park’s extensive collection of Civil War artifacts. The temperature- and humidity-controlled collections storage area in the Museum and Visitor Center, ensures that these artifacts will be preserved for future generations.

Follow the links below to explore some of these artifacts and help preserve them for future generations.

Gettysburg’s Civil War Artifacts

The Museum and Visitor Center features Civil War artifacts that tell the story of the Civil War and focus on the Battle of Gettysburg. These artifacts offer rare, tangible links to the soldiers and civilians who struggled during one of the most tumultuous and significant times in our nation’s history.

Items on display in the new museum include:
  • Portable Wooden Camp Desk
    Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee used this field desk during the Battle of Gettysburg.
  • Sapling Crutch
    George Kistler of the 140th Pennsylvania Infantry pulled a sapling branch from the ground of the Peach Orchard to serve as a crutch after he was wounded during the second day of the battle.
  • Physician’s Journal
    Adams County physician Dr. John O’Neal used the journal to list and identify the locations of several thousand Confederate dead at Gettysburg. O’Neal used it following the Civil War to help families from the South locate their loved ones’ bodies and return them home.
  • Selected items from the William Fisher Collection
    Lt. William Fisher, of the 10th United States Infantry, was killed on July 2, 1863, at Gettysburg. The Friends of Gettysburg helped the National Park Service acquire a large collection of artifacts relating to his life and service.

Artifact and Civil War Preservation at Gettysburg

Over the years, the Gettysburg Foundation has helped the National Park Service acquire and preserve several artifacts, in addition to raising funds for the new Museum and Visitor Center that allows for the entire collection’s permanent preservation.

Artifact preservation projects include:
  • Bachelder papers and tintype
  • Archival shelving, textile treatments and preservation supplies (provided matching funds for a “Save America’s Treasures” grant)
  • Gettysburg broadside — reinternment of battlefield dead
  • Rare books replacement for Gettysburg National Military Park library
  • Camp Letterman surgeon’s box
  • William Waud sketch books
  • Confederate cavalry jacket (loan facilitation)


Help Preserve Civil War Artifacts

By supporting the Gettysburg Foundation you can help preserve Gettysburg for future generations as the Foundation carries out its broad preservation mission in partnership with the National Park Service.