Welcome to Drum Barracks
Located in Wilmington, California, Drum Barracks Civil War Museum is housed in the last remaining original wooden building of the 22 structures built as a military post during the Civil War in the Los Angeles area. Drum Barracks, named after Lt. Col. Richard Coulter Drum, Adjutant General of the Department of the Pacific in San Francisco, served as the Union Army headquarters for Southern California and the Arizona Territory from 1861-1871. Please enjoy exploring our past and our present.
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The third largest Civil War library in California!
The McDowell Library is available to researchers, requires an appointment, so researchers may be assisted in utilizing the wide variety of resources that comprise the collections. To inquire about using the library, please call the Museum at 310-548-7509.
The collection includes the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies and Navies, and the Supplement to the Official Records.
Docent Training Class 2017
Learn to share your knowledge and enjoyment of the Civil War with visitors. A series of five Docent Training class sessions are scheduled on Saturdays starting Saturday April 1, 2017 ending Saturday April 29, 2017. 9:30 am - 11:30 am. Attendance at all five classes is mandatory. These sessions are free and are only offered once per year, so don't delay. Call or email for additional information, or to reserve your place in the class.
"Strike a Pose: Portrait Photography of the Civil War Era"
This exhibition explores methods and meanings of portrait photography from the 1840s to 1870s. Daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, tintypes and cartes de visite from the Drum Barracks Garrison & Society Collection are on display.