What do Gettysburg, Fort Sumter, ironclads, and cats have in common?? The Civil War Tails at the Homestead Diorama Museum in Gettysburg!
Civil War Tails is full of miniature soldiers we made by hand so you can see a 3-D snap-shot from the Civil War. Get a bird’s-eye view of a battle or get down to eye-level and see what a soldier would have seen. See the soldiers, the horses, the cannons, and the places. They’re all made with a one-to-one ratio, so each model soldier represents one soldier during the real battle, not ten or twenty. And since they’re made to scale, if the hill looks really big to climb under rifle fire, that’s because it was!
And I’ll bet you’re wondering why our name is Civil War Tails. It’s not a typo. We started making soldiers out of modeling clay when we were 11 years old and we have always loved cats, so the first soldiers were cats. In uniform. With beards. Now, years later, we still think that’s quirky and fun, and we hope you’ll agree.
But you don’t have to notice the tails to learn the history!
At Civil War Tails, you’ll be able to see the smoky desperation in Fort Sumter during the bombardment that started the war. See the cost of Pickett’s Charge by the time the Confederates struggled across the stone wall at the Angle at Gettysburg. Appreciate just how big and rocky Little Round Top was as the Confederates climbed it. Glimpse the suffering of Union POWs at Andersonville prison (our great-great-grandfather’s half-brother, Pvt. Luke Brown of the 8th Pennsylvania Cavalry, is portrayed on that diorama). Learn the stories of individuals who participated in each event.
Sure, the cat angle is fun, but we want you to learn about the men and women behind the cats. As you look at our 3-D rendition of what they experienced, think about how they fought for what they believed in, and how their sacrifice ensured that we would have the rights and the great nation we enjoy now. This museum is meant to honor their memory by keeping it alive.
We can’t wait to share our dioramas and stories of the Civil War with you! You can also check us out at http://www.facebook.com/civilwartails.
If you’re looking for something new to do with the kids, Civil War Tails is a great stop on your Gettysburg journey. As you plan your visit, please check out our Hours & Info page. We are open until 8 p.m., so if you’re wondering what to do in Gettysburg in the evening, stop on by!
See you soon at Civil War Tails!
Can’t make it to Gettysburg? Check out Civil War Tails: 8,000 Cat Soldiers Tell the Panoramic Story, written by us, the creators of the dioramas! Published by Stackpole Books and available on Amazon and Kindle, this book tells the history of our cats and the historical events and individuals that inpired the dioramas!
Civil War Tails at the Homestead Diorama Museum, LLC 785 Baltimore Street, Gettysburg, PA 17325 info@CivilWarTails.com (717) 420-5273