Museum and White House of the Confederacy Exhibits

Exhibits at the White House and Museum of the Confederacy

The White House of the Confederacy

On one of our daily guided tours, visitors will learn about this National Historic Landmark that was the executive mansion for Jefferson Davis, his wife and children from August of 1861 until April of 1865. Robert E. Lee was a frequent visitor to the mansion, and Abraham Lincoln made a brief visit after the fall of Richmond. This elegant antebellum house has been carefully restored to its wartime appearance, featuring all period artifacts. Tours leave regularly throughout the day from the museum's lobby next door. 

 

The Museum of the Confederacy

The Confederate Years: The Southern Military in the Civil War

The Museum's permanent exhibit begins with the formation of the Confederacy, and then follows the course of the war, concluding with the surrender at Appomattox and the capture of President Jefferson Davis. Here the visitor will see items owned by famous Confederate leaders—such as Robert E. Lee’s field equipment, J.E.B. Stuart’s famous plumed hat, and the sword carried by “Stonewall” Jackson—and read the stories of the soldiers who fought from First Manassas to Appomattox and beyond.

 

Colors of the Gray: Consecration and Controversy

Think you know the whole story of the Confederate flag? The flag most everyone associates with the Confederacy was only one battle flag of many—so how did one pattern achieve primacy among the public? Discover how it has been used to symbolize everything from heritage to discrimination, and continues to be redefined in modern pop culture.

 

Gettysburg: "They walked through blood"

Perhaps no event of the American Civil War has been romanticized and written about more than the last great charge by General Longstreet’s men on the third day of the Battle of Gettysburg. This exhibit tells the story of the dramatic event, historically referred to as “Pickett’s Charge,” primarily through the display of the battle flags carried by the units of Major General George Pickett’s Virginia Division. Thirteen of the fifteen battle flags carried by regiments in Pickett’s division were captured in the charge.  Eight of those captured flags are displayed in this exhibit. The exhibit also features personal artifacts of soldiers who took part in the charge and remembrances of the battle.
 

The War Comes Home

How did the war affect the southern people? How did it alter daily life and accustomed roles and responsibilities? How did people cope with shortages, the erosion of slavery, the destruction of property, and death on an unprecedented scale? The War Comes Home addresses these and other questions. The exhibit features wartime substitute materials, mourning dresses and jewelry, slave-made items and much more. 

 

Knickknackery: Curiosities from the Museum's Vaults

The Museum’s collections are rich with objects that are visually interesting, have unique stories associated with them, or are just plain quirky.  When assembled together, these “curiosities” give an extraordinary view into the process of museum collecting and the unexpected surprises that can come from it. Featured artifacts include two bullets that collided in midair at Spotsylvania, jewelry fashioned from human hair, body armor, and a doll used to smuggle medicine. 

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