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

Currently closed. We will reopen on February 1.

Monday-Friday 12-4:30 P.M. and Saturday 10 A.M.- 2 P.M.

In keeping with COVID-19 guidelines, the museum allows a limited number of visitors inside at one time. Face masks are required and social distancing is encouraged.

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

Join us for our Grand Reopening on February 5th from 1-4 P.M. Experience the stories of Civil War Chaplains through re-enactors in period clothing, conversations with historians, and historical artifacts. Special exhibits include:

Miss Melanie’s Parlor: Mourning in the Civil War

Shiloh Chapel: Civil War Chaplains and the Bible

Called to Serve: Revivals of 1863 and the U.S. Christian Commission

Service to the Suffering: Chaplains’ Ministry in the Hospitals and Prison Camps

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