Thousands of Cats Fight the Civil War

Civil War Tails – Diorama Museum
785 Baltimore Street
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania


Have an interest in Civil War history? Do you love cats? Civil War Tails has you covered either way! As crazy as it sounds, this is the place where you can see THOUSANDS of tiny clay cats in Union and Confederate uniforms.

Twin sisters, Ruth and Rebecca Brown, have created an amazingly creative museum which features dioramas of The Battle of the Ironclads, Pickett’s Charge, Andersonville Prison at Fort Sumpter,  and Little Round Top – as well as some amazing supplemental displays with their handmade clay cats portraying the soldiers and civilians of the Civil War. This is truly one of the those you-have-to-see-it-to-believe-it creations. I did my best with photos; but I have noticed that even professional photographers can’t quite capture how fascinating these dioramas are in person.

I truly recommend it. It’s unique, reasonably-priced, and educational. Even though it has a whimsical approach, the museum’s displays are supplemented by historical details that reveal the terrible costs and realities of war.



Pictured below: Fort Sumpter and Andersonville Prison


The Assault on Battery Wagner – learn more with a detailed description on the Civil War Tails site


A battle that I hadn’t heard or read much about …  Skull Camp Bridge near Shelbyville, Tennessee


Battle Between the Ironclads


As I mentioned above, you really need to see it in person to appreciate how much care and research have gone in to Cat Tails. It’s definitely worth a stop when you’re in Gettysburg!


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