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2019 News

Civil War Dance Foundation to Display the Guns of Gettysburg

April 20, 2019

Visitors to the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center have an opportunity to see and learn about the original weapons used in the Civil War in the Guns of Gettysburg display on Saturday, May 25, 2019 in the Group Lobby from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The display, allowing close examination of the artifacts and light handling by visitors, will include:

  • Pre-war weapons that were in the arsenals when the war began
  • The U.S. Rifle-Musket series
  • Imported arms
  • Some of the new breechloaders used for the first time in the war
  • Handguns and edged weapons

Historians in period attire will explain the weapons and some of the technology of the war, including various breechloaders, the Maynard tape and pellet priming systems, and pinfire and rimfire cartridges. The historians will also tell the story of the role of women and children in manufacturing ammunition and about the hundreds who died in accidents doing the dangerous work.
The Civil War Dance Foundation (CWDF) will present the weapons display as part of its educational outreach programming. The special exhibit of the Keener-Farley Traveling Arms Collection is part of the CWDF's educational outreach programming.