Join Us on a Tour

This tour of the Museum will take you through many of the display and research areas, highlighting some of the artifacts in the Museum.

Main Gallery
Heritage Room
Vance Drawdy Research Library
Tingle Documents and Currency Room
Home Front Room
Hall of Honor
Gift Shop

Main Gallery

The Main Gallery of the Museum is home to an extensive collection of arms, artifacts and documents of the war period. Army and Navy are both represented, and the Museum features the rare Morse Carbine, manufactured in Greenville during the war. In addition, the Main Gallery contains a rare 1850s piano that is believed to have arrived in South Carolina after running the blockade.

Main Gallery
Main Gallery, featuring an Ellsworth gun on a carriage.

Morse Carbine
Morse Carbine, manufactured in Greenville during the War for Southern Independence.

Le mat pistol
Rare Le Mat pistol manufactured in Paris, France.

Scale model of the Hunley submarine, first successful combat submarine in the world.

Gilbert Square Grand Piano with Melodeon, built in the 1850s.

Heritage Room

The Heritage Room of the Museum is home to one of the Museum's prize artifacts, one of the few remaining original copies of the South Carolina Ordinance of Secession. In addition, artifacts of the soldier's life are in this room including uniforms and medical instruments.

Confederate soldier's sack coat and typical equipment.

Union soldier cavalry shell jacket. Confederate soldiers often wore their former Union uniforms during the early months of the war.

Medical instruments and supplies. During the war, disease killed hundreds of thousands of soldiers due to the poor understanding of germs.

Vance Drawdy Library

The Vance Drawdy Research Library contains the entire roster of Confederate soldiers and numerous regimental histories. In addition, the Library contains a copy of the Official Records of the War as published by the US government.

Vance Drawdy Research Library.

Official Records of the War.

Tingle Documents and Currency Room

This room contains Confederate currency and newspaper and magazine articles from the time of the Was for Southern Independence.

Confederate currency was issued both by the Confederate government and state banks.

Home Front Room

This room contains artifacts and displays of life back home on the farm or in town. This room contains numerous articles of women's clothing and accessories.

Household items.

Dresses from the War era.

Hall of Honor

The main hallway in the Museum has the flags of the Confederacy and numerous photographs Confederate soldiers. Among the photographs are soldiers of the 16th South Carolina Volunteer Infantry which was recruited from Greenville county and black Confederate soldiers. Over 65,000 black Confederates served in uniform during the War for Southern Independence.

Museum Gift Shop

The Museum Gift Shop contains books, CDs, postcards, jewelry, flags, toys, and memorabilia from the War for Southern Independence.

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