Civil War Soldiers Museum

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A medical display at the museum
A medical display at the museum
Type Privately owned non-profit
Location 108 South Palafox Street
Operated by Dr. Norman Haines
Director Billie Ruth Hair
Opened August 1991
Closed September 2004 (Hurricane Ivan)
Annual Visitors 10,000 in 1998[1]

The Civil War Soldiers Museum was a privately-owned Civil War history museum located at 108 South Palafox Street between 1991 and 2004.

The museum was owned by Dr. Norman W. Haines, Jr., a gastroenterologist who collected a number of Civil War artifacts from the battlefield at Antietam during his childhood in western Maryland. As his collection grew, he dreamed of opening a museum, which he did in August 1991.

The 4,200-square-foot facility housed an array of artifacts, with a focus on medical technology of the period (reflecting Haines's interest as a doctor), with one display depicting a lifelike amputation. The "Pensacola Room" included information about Confederate Secretary of the Navy Stephen R. Mallory and featured the handmade First National Confederate flag captured during the Battle of Santa Rosa Island on October 9, 1861.[2] There was also an exhibit about slavery, battlefield maps, weapons, artillery shells, cooking utensils, personal correspondence from soldiers and more.

The museum closed in September 2004 after the roof was ripped off by Hurricane Ivan, destroying about a fifth of the collection and damaging another fifth. The surviving artifacts were donated to the T. T. Wentworth Museum, including a 12-pound cannonball found in downtown Pensacola, a battle muster roll, and an original label from the flagstaff cleat at Fort McRee.

As of 2008 the building has not been leased to a new tenant and is being used to house the Saenger Theatre's Robert Morton pipe organ during its own restoration work.[3]

External links & references[edit]

  • – Official site (still online as of 2008)
  • "Man's dream of a Civil War museum is 'gone with the wind.'" Pensacola News Journal, September 28, 2004.
  1. "History a growing part of area tourism." Pensacola News Journal, March 10, 1999.
  2. "Movie, museum shed light on divided past." Pensacola News Journal, February 17, 2003.
  3. "Auld Lang Saenger." Pensacola News Journal, February 10, 2008.