Part I A Union 12-pounder mountain howitzer, typical artillery used on the western plains and in the mountains. Since this weekend blizzard conditions prevail along the East coast, it seems like appropriate weather to stay indoors and keep warm! That of course precludes any tramping about on battlefields as many of us, myself included, are wont to do. So instead I thought it might be proper to find some nice related indoor activity to at least keep in the spirit; one such place appears to be the Civil War Museum of Kenosha, Wisconsin. I've personally never been here, but last summer my usual traveling companion Mike sent me these photos he took while visiting. According to their website, The Civil War Museum is like no other Civil War museum in the country. The museum focuses on the Civil War from the perspective of the people of the seven states of the upper middle west: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. These seven states sent over one million men to serve in the Union army while providing much of the food and raw materials necessary for the northern states to carry on the war. Through the use of personal stories and narratives, the Museum also explores how the Civil War impacted the people on the Western home front before, during, and after the war by connecting the prewar causes to the postwar effects. For additional information including planning your own visit, please see: http://www.kenosha.org/wp-civilwar/ Life-size dioramas and exhibits seem to play a large part in the museum's design and layout; below is another scene similar to that above representing a typical Wisconsin frontier street. It appears the Union Home Front is fittingly represented as well, judging from the exhibit above; according to Mike, the dress is that of a child. A good part of the exhibits appear to involve the Midwest's growing railroad network at the time of the war; the diorama above looks like it may represent the interior of a waiting room or railway car, while the baggage truck below is more obvious. President Lincoln visiting General McClellan in his headquarters tent at Antietam is featured in another diorama but I'm not sure why!? The more conventional display of shoulder arms below seems to tell from top-to-bottom the development of U. S. Regulation muskets and rifles typical of those used in the war. This was Mike's take on the museum and its exhibits, as related in his E-mail to me: The Saturday after the show we went down to Kenosha to the Civil War museum. It was reasonably well presented. The theater presentation was a 360 degrees view of a skirmish between some Union troops and a Reb battery on a hill. It was entertaining, and the equip and uniforms were OK as near as I could tell, but you are the expert on that. Also numerous exhibits of firearms and the like. Regulation artillery shell jacket, one of the most common surviving uniform types from the period. Again according to Mike there's a mix of original and reproduction items in the exhibits.