Sisters make cat figurines to recreate moments of the Civil War

- Two sisters created tiny cat figurines to recreate moments of the Civil War. Over the years, they have made thousands of them. 

FOX 29 photojournalist Bill Rohrer has the story.

Rebecca Brown is hard at work making miniature soldiers for the Civil War Tails at the Homestead Diorama Museum in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

Rebecca and her twin sister Ruth have been making tiny figurines  since they were 11 and would tour area schools teaching with very detailed dioramas.Their display grew and grew much too large to transport until they opened a museum for everyone to see.

"For the next 20 years it just became our hobby.  We would read about the Civil War and just make the officers that we thought were interesting or cute in their photos or something like that," Rebecca said.

They have over 8,000. That’s enough to fill seven large scale dioramas.  Each displaying specific moments in Civil War history.    

A snapshot detailing famous battles tales in American history and if you take a closer look—you may notice the soldiers have tails of their own.

"They are definitely easier because you don’t have to deal with little tiny ears and noses and stuff like with people," Rebecca explained.

Rebecca and Ruth’s first cat dioramas were of General’s Lee and Grant, but eventually moved on to bigger scenes like Pickett’s Charge.     Rebecca recently quit her job to run the museum full time and her day is consumed making cats.

 

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