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At noon on Wednesday, May 30, as part of the department’s History Is Lunch series, Duffy Neubauer will present “A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Starkville Civil War Arsenal.”

Neubauer, a local historian and Civil War reenactor, is the founder and operator of the Starkville Civil War Arsenal, which focuses on the field artillery carriages that made up Union and Confederate battery. The arsenal features three period and two reproduction cannon (resting on replica carriages constructed by Neubauer), a rolling forge, a wagon for transporting tools and spare parts, a caisson that was used to transport ammunition, a field ambulance, and other rolling stock.

“Authentic pieces from both the Union and Confederate sides make up about half the collection, while the remainder are reproductions,” Neubauer said. “This is the only place in the world where you can see all the types of field artillery carriages and the support vehicles—including all five kinds used to transport artillery, troops, and supplies.”

The private museum opened in 2009 and is open to the public free of charge by appointment. Neubauer said he curates his collection to represent a wide range of artifacts and replicas to demonstrate the effort necessary to operate an army during the Civil War.

Duffy Neubauer holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse, and is the retired administrator of Mississippi State University’s Humphrey Coliseum. He has published 17 articles and reports on artillery and black powder, including in The Artilleryman, the only periodical dedicated to the use of vintage artillery.

Neubauer leads Turner’s Battery Inc., a living history unit he established in 1988. Along with being a live-round shooter, he is a sought-after artillery consultant and public lecturer.

The program will take place in the Craig H. Neilsen Auditorium at the Two Mississippi Museums—the Museum of Mississippi History and Mississippi Civil Rights Museum—located at 222 North Street, Jackson, MS 39201. Copies of the book will be available in the Mississippi Museum Store. There is no charge to attend. For more information call 601-576-6998 or email


May 30—Duffy Neubauer will present "A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Starkville Civil War Arsenal."

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