No photography was allowed in the exhibit area, so unfortunately I can't reproduce any of the large collection of weapons, uniforms, letters, mess kits, decks of cards, pipes, family keepsakes and all the rest on display. Because the annual recreation of the Battle of Gettysburg took place over the weekend (originally fought the first three days in July) there were a lot of Civil War buffs who'd come up to watch, so a lot of knowledgeable people to chime in when the kids asked questions. They also had recordings of soldiers' songs and some interactive exhibits. Check the web site for information if you're interested.
It was beastly hot, which made us all most willing to drive to Gaithersburg. But in the evening the menagerie came out in my in-laws' backyard.
Han and Leia -- we saw Luke earlier -- who took turns eating and jumping on each other. Yes literally. Han looked quite excited, too.
And another picture of Han and Leia, who came within three feet of my in-laws' porch.
This is the front of the National Civil War Museum. It's brand spanking new and very nicely designed.