The Blue and Gray Museum of North Alabama, believed to be the largest privately owned collection of Civil War artifacts in the country, features a wide array of Civil War relics, including swords and other edged weapons, revolvers and pistols, muskets and carbines, period drums, uniforms, accouterments, photographs, documents, and much more. In addition to Civil War history, the museum showcases other historical items from Decatur’s past. An ivory-handled Colt 1851 Navy revolver that belonged to Union Brigadier General Joseph K. Mansfield is a highly prized item in the Blue and Gray Museum of North Alabama collection. Joseph Mansfield graduated from West Point in 1822, number two in a class of 40. His service in the Mexican-American War was impressive; he was later given command of the XII Corps of the Army of the Potomac, where he was quite well liked and respected by his corps of young troops. While most of the items displayed in the Blue and Gray Museum are from the years 1861-1865, there are many other items from earlier years.
Latitude: 34.612997 Longitude: -86.985211 Elevation: 602 ft
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Traveling around America and seeing the beauty and history of this great nation.
Mentone Inn B & B. The hospitality of this small mountain town is great. The innkeeper is so nice and the inn is within walking distance of the Wildflower Cafe for dinner. Historic Inn only a short drive from two beautiful waterfalls and numerous overlooks. Oh! Not to mention the superb breakfast you will be served.
Following a back road or highway instead of the interstate.This will allow you to see so much of an area that you would not normally see otherwise.
Hours OpenTues - Sat 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Robert Parham - Blue and Gray Museum of North Alabama
723 Bank Street
Decatur, AL 35601 US