Memorial Hall Confederate Civil War Museum, New Orleans

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Confederate Memorial Hall Museum is a museum located in New Orleans which contains historical artifacts related to the Confederate States of America (C.S.A.) and the American Civil War. It is historically also known as "Memorial Hall". It houses the second-largest collection of Confederate Civil War items in the world, behind the Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond, Virginia. The museum has been advertised as Louisiana's Civil War Museum and as Louisiana's Oldest Museum.This "Adjunct of the Howard Memorial Library Association", according to Frank T. Howard's letter of 8 Jan. 1891, was placed in the "possession" the Board of Governors of the Louisiana Historical Association "to be set apart forever for the use of" that organization. Sully & Toledano designed the hall, which was completed in 1888, following the Richardsonian Romanesque style of the Howard Library designed by H.H. Richardson.CollectionsThe Confederate Memorial Hall contains over 5,000 historical artifacts including several rare Civil War items. It holds the personal effects and uniforms of Confederate generals Braxton Bragg and P.G.T. Beauregard, as well as over 140 regimental and other C.S.A. flags. Jefferson Davis' wife Varina Davis donated several of her late husband's belongings to the museum including items of clothing, his Bible and saddle, plus a crown of thorns from Pope Pius IX.
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  • The quantity of Confederate items on display here is impressive. Especially the items once owned by Jefferson Davis and family. You hear a lot about how Confederate relics are often fake, but these ar...  more »
  • This Museum is just over the road from the WW11 Museum, so you can do both if you give yourself enough time  more »
  • A stunning collection of artifacts from the war between the states. Amazing numbers of battle flags and regimental colors. Lots of Louisiana history. Guns sabres dress uniforms by the dozens. Jefferso...  more »
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  • Fantastic slice of history. This museum has an amazing, friendly and informative staff that will make your visit more than worthwhile. It also has an extremely pleasing/sensible layout. Hats off to the curator/s and everyone involved with this place.
  • Small place but worth the visit. For me the highlight was the lesson on secession from the Museum caretakers. Just ask them about why the state seceded. I learned much to augment what I'd learned in school.
  • awesome history in this collection, they have priceless family heirlooms of the generals of the civil war and even personal objects of general lee and other important leaders of the war and the building is in a safe location and looks awesome, only reason it gets 4 stars as its kinda smaller then advised, if not reading each individual summary of each artifact you can walk through it all in 20-30 min which also is fine (but we alloted some hours of our trip for this museum and then had to come up with other plans on the spot..not the museums fault obviously just an FYI it's a smaller museum)
  • If you are a history buff, definitely a place to check out.
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