HistoryMobile En Route

From Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission:

History hits the road! The Civil War 150 HistoryMobile has launched its four-year tour throughout Virginia and beyond.

About the Civil War 150 HistoryMobile

The Civil War 150 HistoryMobile is an interactive “museum on wheels” housed in a 53’ expandable tractor-trailer. The four-year tour launched on July 21, 2011, in conjunction with the 150th anniversary commemoration of the First Battle of Manassas. The HistoryMobile will visit museums, parks, fairs, schools, and other sites throughout the Commonwealth and beyond.

The HistoryMobile draws together stories from all over Virginia and uses state-of-the-art technology and immersive exhibit spaces to present individual stories of the Civil War from the perspectives of those who experienced it—young and old, enslaved and free, soldiers and civilians.

“In Their Footsteps”: Inside the HistoryMobile

The HistoryMobile exhibit is divided into four sections: Battlefront, Homefront, Journey to Freedom, and Loss-Gain-Legacy.

From the heart-rending letter written by a dying son to his father after sustaining a mortal wound at Spotsylvania in 1864, to an overheard conversation between husband and wife considering the great risks and rewards of fleeing to freedom, the HistoryMobile presents the stories of real people whose lives were shaped by the historic events of the 1860s.

The HistoryMobile exhibit includes:

The Whirlwind: Virginia in the Civil War—A film that examines Virginia’s decision to secede and poses the question “Why War?”

Battlefront Immersion—Conveys the experience of battle in its intensity, confusion, and suffering.

Home Interrupted—Offers a first-person view of real-life dilemmas faced by civilians, soldiers, and slaves in Virginia during the Civil War.

Journey to Freedom—Presents the overall experience of enslaved persons amid war, including the decision to fight for freedom.

Loss-Gain-Legacy—Explores the profound impact of the war on Virginia, the end of slavery, and the reunification of the nation. Stories of well-known and lesser-known personalities reflect the enduring legacies of the Civil War, and visitors learn where they can delve more into this history at Civil War sites and battlefields across Virginia.


For media requests or information on the Civil War 150 HistoryMobile, contact Cheryl Jackson or call (804) 786-3591. To schedule a visit to your area, contact Elizabeth Heffernan or call (804) 497-7132.

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