“G-burg” has been my home away from home for the past twenty-two years, and the old wax
museum, now officially known as the American Civil War Museum Complex, is one of the places where I first learned about and garnered a love for everything Gettysburg. (Plus they have a great gift shop, a little expensive but high quality items). It’s an impressive building in a simple and elegant sort of way, but it’s the details that always impress me more. And there’s a cannon in the front yard. Truth be told, I’d probably stop here just to see the cannon . . . It’s a Griffen Gun, and it’s been sitting in the museum’s yard for as long as I can remember.
And then of course there are the flags. I’m a “Yankee”, but there’s just something about seeing the Confederate flags on one side of the museum entrance and American flags on the other side . . . something that highlights that long-ago clash in a symbolic and patriotic way. One time when I visited, I saw only the “Rebel” flags, and I asked, tongue-in-cheek, if the American flags would be coming back. It was pointed out to me that they were, in fact, on the other side of the porch :-) My power of observation apparently went bye-bye that day.
If you’ve visited the Civil War Museum you’ve probably noticed these things, but have you never noticed the plaques on the upper level? Union and Confederate-themed plaques alternate in a colorful “shadow-box-like” pattern, adding another layer of depth to the old building. I don’t know if any of my readers like this place as much as I do, but if you intend to go, you might want to check out the little things. Details are king.
SGT. PHILIP PECKENS or PECKINS
Co. F, 141ST Pennsylvania Infantry
Died July 04 (also listed as July 09/10), 1863
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