Experience Civil War History Through the Lives of its Chaplains

National Civil War Chaplains Museum

Learn about the role of chaplains and religious organizations such as the Christian Commission in the Civil War.

Located on the campus of Liberty University, the National Civil War Chaplain’s Museum features an extensive collection of objects and artifacts that tell the story of religion in the camp, on the battlefield, and among prisoners of war. Visitors will learn about the role of chaplains and religious organizations such as the U.S. Christian Commission, and how their commitment to faith affected the daily lives of both Union and Confederate soldiers.

About

Serving with a Unique Purpose

Founded in 2005, the National Civil War Chaplain’s Museum at Liberty University raises public awareness of the role chaplains, priests, rabbis, and religious organizations played during the Civil War.

Additionally, the museum:

  • Preserves religious artifacts from the war
  • Advances the study of the distribution of religious doctrine and moral teachings during the war
  • Presents programs that show the influence of religion on the lives of political and military personnel

The museum is the only one in the nation that is solely dedicated to honoring the chaplains, priests, and rabbis who served during the Civil War. There were approximately 3,700.

Plan Your Visit to the National Civil War Chaplain’s Museum


Regular hours: Monday through Friday 12:00-4:30, Saturday 10:00-2:00
Closed for Thanksgiving Break November 20-27
Open by appointment December 14 – December 21
Closed December 22 – January 3
Email to inquire about groups or private tours outside our regular hours

The museum is located on Liberty University’s main campus between the Hancock Welcome Center and the Worley Prayer Chapel.

Exhibits

Called and Commissioned by God

Civil War chaplains performed a variety of duties. They preached, acted as personal counselors, visited the sick, and in some cases even joined in battle. View the following exhibits and more at the Civil War Chaplain’s Museum.

Contact

(434) 582-7090

chaplainsmuseum@liberty.edu

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National Civil War Chaplain’s Museum

1971 University Blvd.

Lynchburg, VA 24515