Andersonville - On the main street of the little village of Andersonville the undistinguished front of a turn-of-the-century brick and frame building hides a national gem, Gerald Lamby's Drummer Boy Civil War Museum.
The Andersonville Welcome Center is also located in the lobby of the Drummer Boy
Representatives of the Smithsonian Institute, Editor David Roth of Blue and Gray Magazine, five members of the Georgia Civil War Commission, and thousands of others have visited the Drummer Boy Museum and have been astonished at the worth of the collection.
Fifteen mannequins wearing 15 authentic civil War uniforms, both Union and Confederate, including a colorful red and blue New York Fire Zouave uniform and a Union and Confederate drummer boy uniform complete with original drums, dominate the museum. Visitors can be told who wore all 15 of these uniforms and what happened to these military men.
Numerous 1850s and 1860s revolvers, carbines and muskets and Civil War swords are on display along with original flags of the period, including a 35-star, 6-by-10-foot United States flag and a last national flag of the Confederacy.
An extensive collection from the estate of Gen. Thomas t. Eckert, president of Western Union and chief of the United States Military Telegraph Department under President Lincoln, are a part of the museum. Included in the Eckert exhibit is Mary Surratt's bonnet which was removed from head and given to Eckert just before her hanging along with others convicted in the Lincoln assassination conspiracy.
Open Seven Days a Week 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Closed New Years Day, Easter, July 4, Thanksgiving,
$5.00 Adults (over 17)
$1.00 for 13 through 17
Under 13 free when accompanied by an adult