July 3, 1965

The Armed Forces History Hall opens in the Museum of History and Technology, now the National Museum of American History.  It features the 55-foot gunboat, “Philadelphia,” which was recovered from the waters of Lake Champlain intact. This is the oldest and most complete artifact associated with the naval history of the Revolutionary War. Among the exhibits relating to the Army are George Washington’s headquarters tent and General Sheridan’s horse, Winchester. The section on the Army was curated under the supervision of Edgar Howell, curator of military history.

Posted: 3 July 2010
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