Editor’s note: This story originally appeared in the May/June issue of Catster print magazine. Click here to subscribe to Catster magazine.
If only the American Civil War had just been one hissy cat fight instead of the four-year-long tragedy that claimed more than 600,000 lives. Yet at a new museum exhibit in Gettysburg, Pennslvania — the site of the war’s biggest battle — cat lovers can stop for a more lighthearted look at this era, with some feline fun added for a perfect history lesson taught in miniatures.
When you first walk in to the “Civil War Tails” exhibit, you view a sea of inch-tall clay soldier figurines dressed up in the Union blue and the Confederate gray. But look closer at the little figurines gathered in intricate, topographic dioramas depicting war scenes, and you’ll see something curious: The soldiers have tiny tails and pointy faces. Yes, the Billy Yanks and Johnny Rebs are all cats!
Twins Rebecca and Ruth Brown, Philadelphia natives, opened the museum for Labor Day last year. Clay hobbyists and cat lovers since childhood, they thought the cat dioramas would help kids and playful cat lovers learn about history.
You can learn more about “Civil War Tails” at the Homestead Diorama Museum on Facebook. If you visit, say hello to Kitty, the resident brown tabby who wanders the museum.