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“One of the Most Bloodless Campaigns of the War” – The ‘Invasion’ of Erie, PA

Erie, Pennsylvania, situated in the northwest corner of the state astride Lake Erie, has a strong Civil War history. Several hard fighting regiments, including the 83rd (known as the Erie Regiment), 111th and 145th Pennsylvania, were raised in Erie. Strong … Continue reading

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Saving History Saturday: Pre-Civil War Era Building in Buffalo, New York to Be Saved Via Adaptive Reuse

Just this week, Preservation Buffalo Niagara has announced its plans to save an 1848 building – named the Eliza Quirtk Boarding House – in downtown Buffalo, New York. On December 19, 2019, Preservation Buffalo Niagara (PBN) officially acquired the property … Continue reading

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Indian Aid: Ely Parker and the Surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia

Four months before giving birth to her son Ely, expecting mother Elizabeth Johnson Parker (Gaontguttwus to the Tonawanda Seneca tribe) awoke one night after experiencing a dream. Her mind’s vision showed a rainbow broken in two. The bottom of one … Continue reading

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Struck by a Fired Ramrod, Part 2: Mysterious Death and Elaborate Funeral

This is part two of a three-part series. Part one can be found here. Major William Ellis returned to the Army of the Potomac near Petersburg in mid-June. He knowingly cut short his recovery from a gruesome wound received from … Continue reading

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Struck by a Fired Ramrod, Part 1: Delayed Mortal Wounding at Spotsylvania’s Bloody Angle

“This has been a Sabbath to me,” confessed Surgeon George T. Stevens to his wife, Harriet, in a letter written Thursday evening, August 4, 1864. “No day since the campaign commenced last May has seemed like Sabbath before, but this … Continue reading

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Millard Fillmore’s Position on Slavery Still Causing Controversy in His Hometown

The Fugitive Slave Act is still causing a stir 165 years after it was passed—at least in Buffalo, NY. It is likely that anyone who has been to the city has noticed a commonality among its shops, hospitals, and landmarks: … Continue reading

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