Experience Civil War History Through the Lives of its Chaplains

The Museum is now open in our new location on the terrace level of the Jerry Falwell Library with a small temporary exhibit. We will remain open as much as possible while the full museum is prepared for visitors. Check back on this page for more information about the grand reopening, tentatively scheduled for early to mid-October.

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 Chaplains 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 Chaplains 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 Chaplains Museum

CLOSED until September 2.
The current location is closed. We will reopen with limited exhibits
at our new location on the terrace level of the Jerry Falwell Library.

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 Chaplains Museum.

Contact

(434) 582-7090

chaplainsmuseum@liberty.edu

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Chaplains Museum

Liberty University Department of History

1971 University Blvd.

Lynchburg, VA 24515