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Gettysburg park gets 3,000 artifacts from American Civil War museum

Written by The Associated Press | May 4, 2016 3:29 PM
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Re-enactor Tyler Martin, 13, tries some hard tack during a Civil War battle re-enactment in 2006.

(Undated) -- Gettysburg National Military Park is taking ownership of some 3,000 items that belonged to an American Civil War museum in Philadelphia that's been closed for eight years.

The Civil War Museum of Philadelphia said Wednesday it was turning over artifacts linked to some of the war's most famous figures and important events.

The collection includes pieces of a flag Abraham Lincoln raised at Independence Hall a few weeks before his 1861 inauguration.

It also includes a sword presented to Gen. Ulysses S. Grant by his officers to honor the Union's pivotal 1863 victory in Vicksburg, Mississippi.

The Gettysburg museum gets about 1.2 million visitors a year.

The downtown Philadelphia museum had been getting about 5,000 people per year before it closed in 2008.

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