"Also, one of the really unique items in the case is the actual [U.S.] flag that flew over the corporate headquarters of the B&O Railroad in 1863, when a new star was added for the state of West Virginia," he said. "So that's a real 1863 flag that belongs to the B&O Railroad."
Other items in the case tell the story of West Virginia's military participation and statehood. They belong to Richard Wolfe of Bridgeport, W.Va., who serves on the state's Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission.
There's also information on the May 1863 Jones-Imboden Raid into what is now West Virginia. During the raid, Brig. Gens. William Jones and John Imboden set out to disrupt the railroad throughout Western Virginia by damaging bridges and other infrastructure.
"Their mission was to destroy the B&O Railroad in its entirety, from Cumberland west to the Ohio River," Toomey said. "They did destroy the Fairmont Bridge; they set fire to the oil fields up near Wheeling at Burning Springs."
"The petroleum industry was just getting started, and one of the largest oil fields was in West Virginia," he said, "and the Confederates completely burned it out; it didn't come back to life ever again the way it was."
Toomey said the Confederates destroyed a number of bridges, wrecked trains and did quite a bit of damage.
"They were on the loose for several weeks," Toomey said.
One of the more interesting artifacts on display is a wooden rifle crate donated to the museum by collector Richard Berglund of Silver Spring, Md. Berglund said the crate was used to transport Model 1841 rifles from the Harpers Ferry Arsenal.
"The crate itself was sent from Harpers Ferry Arsenal in, at that point, Virginia by the master armor Burton to Colonel Huger at the Pikesville Arsenal, which was just outside of Baltimore" Berglund said. "The crate was shipped by the B&O Railroad and it's a very unique crate, particularly since it was made of wood and the thing that happened to almost all of them, they were broken up for firewood."
The exhibit will remain on display at the B&O Railroad Museum for one year.