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Drum Barracks Civil War Museum

All photographs taken by Kenneth A. Larson. All rights reserved. © 2003 - 2017.

The Drum Barracks Museum is the only remaining building of Camp Drum, built during the Civil War. The camp once contained 22 buildings and served as U.S. Army headquarters in the Southwest from 1861 until 1871. The camp was named after Adjutant-General Richard C. Drum, commander of the post. The building now called Drum Barracks was originally the Officers' quarters and was divided into two separate family quarters. Camp Drum, was established on 60 acres of land sold or donated to the U.S. Army by Phineas Banning and B.D. Wilson. Drum Barracks
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The Drum Barracks served as the main training, staging and supply depot for military operations in Arizona, Southern California, and New Mexico from1861-1871 and was an important Union facility during the War Between the States. California Volunteers passed through this camp on their way east to fight in the war and Camp Drum also supplied troops to hold the Southwest for the Union. Camp Drum included an important medical facility.

The Museum includes a restored bedroom and parlor and numerous displays describing the history of California's part in the Civil War. Displays include equipment and photos, including an operable Gatling Gun.

Guided tours are offered of the building. There are no grounds surviving. Contact the Museum for tour information.

The Drum Barracks Civil War Museum is located at 1052 Banning Blvd., Wilmington, CA 90744; (310) 548-7509. Directions: Exit the 110 freeway at Pacific Coast Highway heading east or exit 710 freeway at Pacific Coast Highway heading west. Turn south onto Avalon Boulevard and travel one block to "M" Street. Turn left on "M" Street and go three blocks to Banning Boulevard. You will pass the Banning House Museum on your left side. Turn right on Banning Blvd, go two blocks to 1052 Banning on the left. It is a large white house with a fenced parking lot.

The Banning House Museum is just around the corner from the Drum Barracks Civil War Museum and the two make a great afternoon educational and recreational adventure.

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Unfortunately, for those interested in the architecture of this building, the more interesting front facade of the house does not face the parking lot and museum entrance. To see the front, you must drive around the block to a dead end street and then pear through chain link fencing. Photo Date for front: 12-30-03.

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