New Objects to Debut at Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and
Three significant Gettysburg-related objects will make their debut at
Gettysburg National Military Park’s Museum and Visitor Center on July 16,
thanks to a contribution from a group of miniaturists and artists. The
battle flag of the 149th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiment will go
on display for the first time at Gettysburg. The frock coat and sash of
Captain Isaac Nicoll of the 124th New York Infantry will go on exhibit for
the first time ever.
The 149th Pennsylvania was in heavy fighting on the first day of the battle
of Gettysburg. Captain Nicoll’s infantry unit was also known as the Orange
Blossoms. Captain Nicoll was killed during intense fighting on the second
day of the battle, when the Orange Blossoms defended against a Confederate
assault on the Union left flank near Devil’s Den.
The display of these objects was made possible through a donation of $7012
from the Artist Preservation Group, historical artists whose mission is to
generate capital, through fundraising and donations, to aide in the
preservation and restoration of threatened historical sites and/or
artifacts. The Artist Preservation Group provided funding for conservation
work on the historic objects, which was necessary before they could be
placed on exhibit.
The flag of the 149th Pennsylvania Infantry is on long-term loan to the
park from the Pennsylvania Capitol Preservation Committee in Harrisburg,
“We are very grateful to the Artist Preservation Group for their financial
support and to the Pennsylvania Capitol Preservation Committee for their
efforts which is allowing us to properly conserve these pieces and bring
them to the public for the first time in a museum environment,” said
Superintendent Bob Kirby, Gettysburg National Military Park.
The objects will be on display beginning July 16 for up to two years.
The Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center is located
at 1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg. There is an admission fee to visit the
museum exhibits. For tickets or information about how to visit call
877-874-2478 or go to www.gettysburgfoundation.org