Welcome to Drum Barracks
Located in Wilmington, California, Drum Barracks Civil War Museum is housed in the last remaining original wooden building of the 22 structures built as a military post during the Civil War in the Los Angeles area. Drum Barracks, named after Lt. Col. Richard Coulter Drum, Adjutant General of the Department of the Pacific in San Francisco, served as the Union Army headquarters for Southern California and the Arizona Territory from 1861-1871. Please enjoy exploring our past and our present.
Mother's Day Tea
Saturday, May 13, 2017 11:30am
Celebrate Mother's Day with tea in this historic setting. Enjoy traditional tea with an assortment of tea sandwiches, scones and desserts, play Victorian lawn games, and see a special display of Civil War era women's fashions in the Parlor. Regular $50, Member $40. Space is limited call, 310.548.7509 for information and reservations.
The third largest Civil War library in California!
The McDowell Library is available to researchers, requires an appointment, so researchers may be assisted in utilizing the wide variety of resources that comprise the collections. To inquire about using the library, please call the Museum at 310-548-7509.
The collection includes the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies and Navies, and the Supplement to the Official Records.
Military Possession of Catalina Island On display February-October 2017
In 1864, soldiers from Drum Barracks took military possession of Catalina Island. Under orders they attempted to removed all non-government employees from the island. Using maps, photographs, paintings and official reports this exhibition looks at Catalina's role in the Civil War, and the controversial reasons behind the Army's decision to take possession of the island.