The Civil War
If you live in the South, Civil War reenactments are commonplace. You can’t go more than a few months without hearing about another one. In all fairness, the Civil War Tails museum doesn’t actually do reenactments. What they’ve produced are dioramas of key moments from the war, and depictions of life during that time. But the dioramas all feature cats instead of people!
However, Civil War reenactments with kittens do sound like an adorable idea, and someone should get on that. Can you imagine them all silly in their outfits gamboling towards one another to play and wrestle? Too cute!
Civil War Tails
Located in Gettysburg, the museum offers a unique and fun take on history. But that’s not to say that the founders of the museum, Rebecca and Ruth Brown, don’t take their subject matter seriously. They create their scenes while thinking about soldiers, their families and loved ones, while they craft it.
If anything, the museum strives to give people a view into an important history while not getting too bogged down in the horror and tragedy of that history.
In some of the diorama scenes, the fact that the people are actually cats is obvious. But in others, the cats are not the first thing you notice.
This is because the fact that the soldiers are cats is, in a lot of ways, secondary. The point of the dioramas is still to teach people about life during the Civil War, and in the midst of some of the more gruesome scenes, that intention comes through loud and clear.
All in all, Civil War Tails Museum presents a unique and interesting look at the Civil War. Sometimes whimsical, sometimes heartbreaking, but always featuring cats.