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.

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.

Exhibit Statictics:

Building cost:   62,000 dollars
Price of Admission-  25 cents adults, 15 cents children
Exhibition Profit-   52,980.03 dollars

Two of the five below-mentioned cycloramas- Custer's Last  Stand  and the  Battle  of  Yorktown in the Battle Abbey.
Lee  Gaskins'   AT THE FAIR  The 1904 St. Louis World's   Fair 
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