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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

Lincoln Depot Museum Opening Weekend

Friday, April 19th, 2019


  • 3 days of events, presentations, soldier encampment and demonstrations
    • General US Grant will be present on Friday evening and all day Sunday
  • A Ribbon Cutting will be held Saturday morning for the newly finished Lincoln Depot Visitor’s Center

The Lincoln Depot Museum in Peekskill, NY announces the kick-off of the 2019 season with three days of events planned for April 26, 27 and 28th. The three days will include interesting lectures by nationally known historians, encampment on the museum grounds by Civil War reenactors, demonstrations and drills by the troops, and a visit from General US Grant on Friday and Sunday.

A special feature of the weekend will be the official ribbon cutting of the newly completed Lincoln Depot Visitor’s Center on the museum site. The City of Peekskill will turn over the operation of the new building that will complete the re-development of this unique historic site that began with grants to purchase the property in 2003. The historic depot structure was restored and has contained the completed museum since 2014. The Lincoln Depot Visitor’s Center is a new structure that will house the museum offices, additional displays, a small gift shop and an open meeting room to hold events. Funding for the entire project (Depot building, Visitor’s Center and grounds) came from NY State grants in 2006 under then Governor George Pataki. The Lincoln Depot Foundation will operate the Visitor’s Center as part of its site lease with the City of Peekskill and look to partner with local organizations to bring new events and experiences to the community. The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will be held at 11 am on Saturday, April 27th and will include local, county and state representatives.

Weekend Events:

Friday, April 26, 2019 • 7:30 PM – ($5 Admission for event, included in Weekend Pass)

Professional Living Historian Kenneth J. Serfass (USMC Ret.) will provide a first-person portrayal of General US Grant and will present a rare glimpse into the personal relationship that developed between Grant and President Abraham Lincoln. The two men sustained each other for what was to come before the surrender of confederate armies, and that shared responsibility built a profound bond between two like-minded men regarding fairness and humanity towards a vanquished foe.   It’s not always told in battle reports and dispatches, but the stories of friends go much deeper sometimes.

Serfass will return as General Grant on Sunday to be on the museum grounds all day to review the troops, spend time in the camp and be on hand for small group or individual discussions and photos with visitors.

Saturday, April 27, 2019 – ($10 Admission for day, included in Weekend Pass)

Historian at Appomattox Court House National Park, Patrick A. Schroeder, will offer a series of presentations over the weekend. As a Civil War Historian and Author, Schroeder will give insight into the various Zouave units that served during the Civil War, including the famous unit formed by Lincoln favorite Elmer Ellsworth. On both Saturday and Sunday, Schroeder will present his research on the facts and myths associated with Lee’s surrender to Grant at Appomattox.

Elmer Ellsworth and Abraham Lincoln • 12 PM

Lincoln and the Surrender at Appomattox • 2 PM

Zouaves and Peekskill Connections • 3 PM

Sunday, April 28, 2019 – ($10 Admission for day, included in Weekend Pass)

Historian Patrick Schroeder returns to the Lincoln Depot Museum to continue his fascinating research and insight to the Civil War Zouaves and Lee’s surrender to Grant.

Lincoln and the Surrender at Appomattox • 1 PM

Zouaves, America’s Forgotten Soldiers • 2 PM

General Grant (Ken Serfass) will be on site from 1-4 PM for small group/individual interaction and photographs.

Admission for the Weekend Events:

Admission for Friday’s event is $5.00, Saturday and Sunday’s admission is $10 which includes all events of the day. A special discounted weekend pass can be purchased for $20.00 on Friday evening or online at the Lincoln Depot Museum website. Admission for museum members is free to all events and $5.00 each day for Children under 12.

For further details of all events or to purchase a discounted Weekend Pass visit


Lincoln Group of NY Writes About The Lincoln Depot Museum

Monday, March 4th, 2019

2019 LGNY Lincoln Depot Museum Article (PDF)


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.