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National Civil War Chaplains Museum relocates

August 4, 2009 : Carmen P. Fleischauer

 

Left to right, Dr. Kenny Rowlette, director of the
 National Civil War Chaplains Research Center and Museum Foundation, is joined by Board of Trustees member the Rev. Alan Farley and supporters Jerry Kowalski and Mark Day. The four met last week in the current location in DeMoss Hall to discuss moving the museum to East Campus.

The National Civil War Chaplains Museum at Liberty University was recently granted a new location on campus. Occupying the former East Side Market on East Campus, the museum will take its place next to Doc’s Diner, a restaurant that pays tribute to the school’s founder, Dr. Jerry Falwell.

The museum exists to educate the public on the role of chaplains, priests, rabbis and religious organizations in the Civil War, as well as to provide a research facility for those studying Civil War chaplaincy. Artifacts include items from both Confederate and Union chaplains.

The grand opening is set for Dec. 1.

“The role of Civil War chaplains has been so grossly underestimated, if not ignored, as to be one of the great sadnesses of Civil War history,” said James I. Robertson, Jr., Alumni Distinguished Professor of History at Virginia Tech and a member of the museum foundation’s Board of Advisors.

“I think this museum will be a fitting and appropriate memorial to 3,000 men who truly followed Saint Paul," he said. "They kept the faith and fought the good fight … It reminds us of our spiritual background and that in itself is worthy of remembrance because any nation that loses sight of its past can never have a vision of the future.”

For more information, visit www.chaplainsmuseum.org.