Blue and Gray Museum of North Alabama

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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Hours Open

Tues - Sat 10:00am to 5:00pm


$5/adults, $3/children

ADA Accessibility Notes

Wheelchair accessible

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Contact Information

Robert Parham - Blue and Gray Museum of North Alabama
723 Bank Street
Decatur, AL 35601 US
Angie Pierce - Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association
256-350-3519 (Fax)
PO Box 2537
Decatur, AL 35602 US


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