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The Unvanquished-A Civil War Book Talk-Via ZOOM


The Unvanquished The Untold Story of Lincoln’s Special Forces, the Manhunt for Mosby’s Rangers, and the Shadow War That Forged America’s Special Operations Join Us for This Free Zoom Civil War Book Talk ~ Register here: A Civil War Book Talk with Patrick K. O'Donnell by Patrick K. O’Donnell From the bestselling author of The Indispensables, the unknown and dramatic story of irregular guerrilla warfare that altered the course of the Civil War and inspired the origins of America’s modern special operations forces The Civil War is most remembered for the grand battles that have come to define it: Gettysburg, Antietam, Shiloh, among others. However, as bestselling author Patrick K. O’Donnell reveals in The Unvanquished, a vital shadow war raged amid and away from the major battlefields that was in many ways equally consequential to the conflict’s outcome. At the heart of this groundbreaking narrative is the epic story of Lincoln’s special forces, the Jessie Scouts, told in its entirety for the first time. In a contest fought between irregular units, the Scouts hunted John Singleton Mosby’s Confederate Rangers from the middle of 1863 up to war’s end at Appomattox. With both sides employing pioneering tradecraft, they engaged in dozens of raids and spy […]

Lessons in History-Dr. Scott Hippensteel

The National Civil War Museum 1 Lincoln Circle at Reservoir Park, Harrisburg, PA, United States

Join us on Saturday, July 3, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm, as Dr. Scott Hippensteel presents Sand, Science, and the Civil War:  Sedimentary Geology and Combat. Admission to the Lessons in History Speaker Series is Free to the public. Guests can tour the Museum Galleries for an entrance fee of $16.00 for Adults, $15.00 for Seniors and AAA, and $14.00 for Students and Military. About the Book: The influence of sedimentary geology on the strategy, combat, and tactics of the American Civil War is a subject that has been neglected by military historians. Sedimentary geology influenced everything from the nature of the landscape (flat vs. rolling terrain) to the effectiveness of the weapons (a single grain of sand can render a rifle musket as useless as a club). Sand, Science, and the Civil War: Sedimentary Geology and Combat investigates the role of sedimentary geology on the campaigns and battles of the Civil War on multiple scales, with a special emphasis on the fighting along the coastlines. At the start of the Civil War the massive brick citadels guarding key coastal harbors and shipyards were thought to be invincible to artillery attack. The Union bombardment of Savannah’s key defensive fortification, Fort […]


Cocktails & Cannonballs – 2024

The National Civil War Museum 1 Lincoln Circle at Reservoir Park, Harrisburg, PA, United States

Our largest fundraiser of the year is just around the corner - Join us on Friday, September 20, 2024, 6:30 pm - 8:30 p.m. Enjoy a rare evening at the National Civil War Museum! • Stroll the galleries with living historians. • Sample regional cuisine paired with Civil War-themed cocktails. • Shop the silent auction. • Explore soldier’s camps by firelight and make yourself a s’more. • Sample a Civil War Sundae. • Try your luck at the wine pull, soldier’s games, trivia and raffles. • Visit the cigar bar and coffee corner. • Win a chance to fire a cannon at the close of the evening.   Tickets are on sale now! Purchase your tickets here:

Civil War Saturday

The National Civil War Museum 1 Lincoln Circle at Reservoir Park, Harrisburg, PA, United States

The National Civil War Museum is proud to announce its highly anticipated event, Civil War Saturday, which promises to take visitors on a journey through the turbulent era of the American Civil War. This event will take place on Saturday, September 21, 2023, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at The National Civil War Museum, located at 1 Lincoln Circle, Harrisburg, PA. Civil War Saturday is an educational and engaging experience for visitors of all ages. It offers a unique opportunity to step back and gain a deeper understanding of one of the most pivotal periods in American history. With a wide range of activities and exhibits, attendees can explore the complexities of the Civil War era from various perspectives. Admission to Civil War Saturday is as follows: Adults: $10.00 Children under 18: Free Members of The National Civil War Museum receive free admission,