Opened on June 1, the Battle Abbey  was  designed
as a  400  x 250 foot old convent near Hastings, England,
where the Normans defeated the Saxons. It was fashioned
complete with towers, bastions, parapet, drawbridge;
essentially it was a  museum of American Wars
with six huge cycloramas depicting famous American
battles such as  Gettysburg and Manassas.
The whole conveyed a very realistic impression of the
horrors of war.  An able lecturer explained the action
and called attention to details. Smaller war scenes and an
extensive collection of war relics filled the remainder of
the building.

The attendants were dressed  in both Union and Confederate
military uniforms.




BATTLE ABBEY
Exhibit Statictics:

Building cost:   62,000 dollars
Price of Admission-  25 cents adults, 15 cents children
Exhibition Profit-   52,980.03 dollars
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Lee  Gaskins'   AT THE FAIR  The 1904 St. Louis World's   Fair 
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Additional  cycloramas were shown which included depictions of  the battles of  Yorktown,  New Orleans, Buena Vista,  Custer's  Massacre and  Manila.

The  Gettysburg cyclorama was  50 feet high and 400 feet in  circumference and was brilliant in detail.

The Battle Abbey was one of the few attractions that  lost money.
Two of the five below-mentioned cycloramas- Custer's Last  Stand  and the  Battle  of  Yorktown in the Battle Abbey.