Recommended for ages 7 and up
Head to the 4th floor’s North Gallery! Follow the directions to look for objects and start digging into these activities and conversation prompts.
Almost four million soldiers, or one in ten Americans, fought in the American Civil War. With your family, talk about what these Civil War soldiers’ lives could have been like. Now search for objects that help tell their stories.
Find The Military Section
Look for Clues: Examine all the objects in this section. Which are from the American Civil War? Search for the following items:
- A musical instrument that 14-year-old Phillip Correll used to call soldiers of the 99th New York Infantry to march. What was it?
- Dog tags that a Civil War soldier bought for himself in case he died and needed to be identified. Don’t worry—he made it home! (Years later, the Army began issuing dog tags to all soldiers.) In what battles did he fight?
- A knapsack that once held the personal items of Oliver Burr Tweedy of the New York 7th Regiment. What sentimental things would you keep with you if you were a soldier?
Find The Return of the 69th Regiment
Look for Clues: What is going on in this painting? Try splitting it into top, middle, and bottom sections for easier observation. This painting depicts a real event the artist witnessed and later painted. Use your stylus on the nearby touch screen to learn more about the 69th Regiment, the battles they fought, and the people in the painting.
Pose like a person in this painting. What might they be feeling, thinking, or saying? See if your family can guess who you are!
Invent a drum call that drummer boys (some as young as seven!) could have played to call troops to march. Create the beat by slapping your hands on your legs or chest.
Thanks for sleuthing! Choose another family guide to keep hunting.