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Mission Statement

The mission of the Drum Barracks Civil War Museum is to display and teach the history of the Civil War, with an emphasis on the Civil War's impact on Southern California.

The Museum is dedicated to preserving, restoring and interpreting the historical 1862 Drum Barracks Officer's Quarters building and the artifiacts, collections, library and authentic Civil War memorabilia of the museum.

The Museum provides a resource and a focus for visitors and students who seek insight and understanding of the American Civil War.

The Museum seeks to achieve these aims through the education of people of all ages, with a particcular emphasis on children, as not only the facts of the Civil War are important, but also how that historical event shaped, colored and changed our life as a country and as individuals.


The Drum Barracks Civil War Museum is housed in the last remaining wooden building of the military post that was the Union Army headquarters for Southern California and Arizona Teritory from 1862 to 1871. Camp Drum, renamed Drum Barracks in 1863, served as the main staging, training and supply base for military operations in the Southwest, and this structure served as the junior officers' quarters of the camp.

Within the museum you will find a parlor decorated in furniture of the 1860's Civil War era; a research library dedicated to the study of the Civil War period; a bedroom featuring beautiful black walnut furnishings reaching nine feet in height; a recreated barracks room with bunk beds fashioned from Army specifications; and an Armory containing displays of guns, swords and clothing of the soldiers along with an original Gatling gun.





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