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Civil War Intelligence

Saturday, May 18th, 2019

Saturday, May 18, 2019 • 2:00 PM – Admission $10.00, Members Free

Civil War Intelligence & The International Spy Museum


Part I – Civil War Intelligence:

This presentation will focus broadly on an overview on the various intelligence, tradecraft, techniques and procedures used by the North and the South during the American Civil War. These include aged techniques like code-breaking, deception and surveillance, as well as newer practices like wire-tapping and overheard reconnaissance. I will also discuss how the two sides collected and utilized this information.

Part II – The New International Spy Museum in Washington, DC:

I will provide an overview of The New International Spy Museum’s purpose-built new facility is located in Washington DC’s L’Enfant Plaza, a short walk between the National Mall and The Wharf. The Museum will explore the many roles individuals play in spying and intelligence work – from the agents and their handlers in the field who collect intelligence or carry out covert operations, to the technical wizards who envision and create the gadgets that support them. Digging into its trove of intelligence stories, the Museum showcases a diverse cast, from the women whose analytical prowess facilitated the capture of Osama Bin Laden to James Lafayette, the African American spy whose intelligence reports helped George Washington clinch victory in the American Revolution, and many others, famous, infamous, and unknown. Through this exploration of people, missions, and artifacts from across the globe—from ancient Greece and China, to Cold War Cuba and Vietnam, to cyberspace and social media— these new exhibitions will present a comprehensive look at how spying has shaped our world and continues to do so.

COL Christopher P. Costa (Ret), Executive Director, International Spy Museum, Washington DC

COL Christopher P. Costa, USA, (Ret)
, is a former career U.S. Army Intelligence officer. Mr. Costa served as the Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Counterterrorism on the National Security Council (NSC), at The White House from 2017-2018. At the NSC, he was responsible for coordinating counterterrorism policy and strategy as well as U.S. hostage recovery activities. Mr. Costa had 34 years of progressive national security experience for the U.S. Government and well-documented success in intelligence, counterintelligence, policy, and special operations. In May 2013, Mr. Costa was inducted into USSOCOM’s Commando Hall of Honor for extraordinary and enduring service to Special Operations Forces. Mr. Costa joined the International Spy Museum in 2018, as the Executive Director where he plays a leading role in building on its extraordinary success as a Washington, DC attraction. He speaks responsibly on current counterterrorism and intelligence issues.

International Spy Museum, Washington, DC

Opening Weekend 2021 – Grant Returns, New Exhibit

Friday, April 23rd, 2021

Lincoln Depot Museum 2021 Opening Weekend

New Exhibit: “Women and Children of the Civil War, from Patriotism to Combat”
Special Weekend Guest General Ulysses S. Grant will be on site

For Immediate Release
Friday, April 23, 2021
Contact: John G. Testa, Board President, at 914-760-9773

The Lincoln Depot Museum is excited to announce the start of the 2021 season with an Opening Weekend event on May 1st and 2nd, 2021.

After not being open to the public in 2020 due to the global pandemic, the board of directors are pleased to be able to once again welcome members of the public to the award-winning museum and Visitor’s Center. All COVID-19 protocols will be followed, including requiring masks and social distancing.

New for 2021:
A new exhibit entitled “Women and Children of the Civil War, from Patriotism to Combat” will be unveiled that contains numerous artifacts showing the life and influence of women and children during the American Civil War era. Artifacts will include vintage photos and games of the period.
The Lincoln Depot Museum is also looking forward to launching its new Children’s Interactive Zone (“the Zone”). This was made possible by a generous donation from The Rotary Club of Peekskill. The Zone will be a place to engage and entertain our child guests. In the Zone, children will be able to play Civil War era games like dominos, try on period costumes such as a Union Officer’s uniform, and read books about President Lincoln, the Civil War and trains. Children will also be able to entertain themselves by playing with our beautiful train table and toy trains, all while staying in the waiting room of a historic train depot! The Lincoln Depot Museum is looking forward to making the Zone available to children as soon as Pandemic conditions allow.

Special Weekend Guest:
General Ulysses S. Grant will be the weekend guest of the museum. Back by popular demand, Ken Serfass as General Grant will be on hand as part of a living history weekend that will have military reenactors of various local civil war units. General Grant will be available to answer questions from the public and will close each day with a formal review of the troops. All living history activity will be held outdoors on the museum grounds.

The doors of the museum and Visitor’s Center will open at 1 PM each day. Admission will be $10.00 per person with children 12 and under and museum members free.

Lincoln Depot Museum Included in Special MTA Group Travel Brochure

Wednesday, September 26th, 2018

When the MTA Metro-North Railroad decided to produce a new advertising brochure to highlight their Group Travel Program they needed to determine locations to feature in the brochure. After making a special visit to the Lincoln Depot Museum this past spring, they knew the museum was an obvious choice.

The criteria was simple. The location needed to be within a close proximity to one of their stations and it had to be a unique and quality attraction. The Lincoln Depot Museum satisfied both criteria and had the added benefit of being next to quality restaurants and the beautiful Peekskill Riverfront Green. Groups travelling to the museum could plan an entire day around the area.

The Lincoln Depot Museum thanks the MTA for including us in the brochure and recognizing the museum as a “Fun & Exciting Destination.” We look forward to welcoming those groups taking advantage of the MTA Group Travel rates. Private group tours of the museum can be scheduled throughout the week and all year round.



Lincoln Depot Opens for 2018 Season

Monday, April 30th, 2018


Lincoln Depot Museum Opens for 2018

For Immediate Release
Monday, April 9, 2018

Contact: John G. Testa, Board President, at 914-760-9773


The Lincoln Depot Museum is excited to announce the start of the 2018 season with an
Opening Weekend event on April 21 and 22, 2018.

The weekend theme is “19th Century Photographs” and will feature two expert presenters, one each day, to discuss the wonder of 19th Century photography through the Carte de Visite (CdV).

Saturday’s presentation, “One Family’s Journey During the Time of Lincoln” will be given by Historian and Researcher Lance Ingmire. Lance will tell the story of photographer FW Ingmire’s collection of Lincoln related CdV’s and photos, and the connection of the Ingmire family to the Civil War, including his research on the 95th NY Infantry. He has more than 14 relatives who served in the Union Army during the Civil War.  He has been painstakingly writing the regimental history of the 95th New York and has made over 150 trips to the National Archives in Washington, DC for research as well as numerous field trips to many battlefields where the 95th was engaged, especially Gettysburg, Pa.

Lance has served as President of the Friends of US Grant Cottage, (Grant’s last residence), and President of the Friends of the NY State Military Museum and organized the Saratoga Civil War Encampment which educated and entertained the residents for 7 years. He also served as Chair of the New York State Sesquicentennial Committee of the Civil War. He co-authored and was business manager for “The Centennial History of Saratoga Springs, NY”, published in 2015 and authored the chapter on “Saratoga During the Civil War”.

Sunday’s presentation will be “Cardomania! The Rise and Fall of the Carte de Visite in Civil War America.” Join Ron Coddington, author of four books of collected Civil War portraits and editor and publisher of Military Images magazine, as he tells the story of the rise and fall of the carte de visite—and what became of them.

In 2004, a collection of columns became part of Ron’s first book, Faces of the Civil War: An Album of Union Soldiers and Their Stories. A companion volume, Faces of the Confederacy: An Album of Southern Soldiers and Their Stories, followed in 2008. Four years later, the publication of African American Faces of War: An Album marked the third book in the series. A fourth volume, Faces of the Civil War Navies: An Album of Union and Confederate Sailors, was released in 2016. Copies of his books will be available after the presentation.

For more details on the Opening Weekend events or to obtain tickets in advance go to:

Opening Weekend • 19th Century Photographs

The doors of the museum will open at 1 PM and the presentations will begin at 2 PM each day. Admission will be $10.00 per person with children 12 and under and museum members free.

New Items on Display for 2018

The Lincoln Depot exhibit: “New York and Abraham Lincoln: The Indispensable Relationship,” will include new artifacts on loan and in the museum’s growing permanent collection, including a campaign desk used throughout the Civil War by Major John William De Forest and purported to also have been used by President Lincoln during a visit to the encampment near Richmond.

Many Events Planned Throughout the Year

The Lincoln Depot Museum will be featuring a full line up of events for 2018. There will be a series of outstanding presentations, lectures and events throughout the season and will host the third annual official Juneteenth Flag Raising Ceremony. More details on these and other upcoming events will be published soon.

The 2018 season for the Lincoln Depot Museum will run from April 21 to November 10. The museum will be open every Saturday and Sunday, excluding holidays, from 1-4 PM. For further information, visit the museum website at or call at 914-402-4318. The Lincoln Depot Museum is located at 10 S. Water Street in Peekskill, NY.

LDM Featured in Cortlandt Living Magazine

Friday, January 13th, 2017

The January 2017 edition of the Cortlandt Living magazine by Best Version Media includes a wonderful 2-page article on the Lincoln Depot Museum as the “Charity Spotlight” for the month. See the article below: