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Dranesville: A Troubled Town, Part 5

Part 5 in a series. It was Brig. Gen. Edward Ord’s turn. In the past three weeks, a brigade of Pennsylvania Reserves had marched out of Camp Pierpont towards Dranesville, gathered wagonloads of supplies, and marched back. On Dec. 3, … Continue reading

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Dranesville: A Troubled Town, Part 4

Part 4 of a series. In 1860 James Coleman owned thirteen people. The oldest was 62 years old; the youngest, five months. Eight of them were females, including the baby, and five were males, and together they helped propel Coleman … Continue reading

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Mexican-American War 170th: The Battle of Resaca de la Palma

When the sun rose on May 9, 1846, American soldiers were not sure if the day’s previous fight at Palo Alto would be continued. American artillery had shattered their Mexican opponents, but at the end of the fighting the Mexican … Continue reading

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“Was Taken Prisoner”: A Pennsylvanian in the Wilderness and Andersonville

On May 5, 1864, my wife’s great-great-great grandfather, Levi Bowen,  was wounded and taken prisoner in the Battle of the Wilderness. By the spring of 1864, Levi,  a member of Company H, 7th Pennsylvania Reserves was a seasoned veteran. In … Continue reading

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A Pennsylvania Blacksmith Goes to War

At the turn of the nineteenth century, Charles R. Bowen found it fitting to include a brief biographical sketch of his father, Levi A. Bowen, in the Biographical Annals of Cumberland County Pennsylvania. Charles was around thirty years of age … Continue reading

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If Meade had Known….

Traveling along the park road that runs along the south edge of the North Woods at Antietam, I thought about George Gordon Meade, leader of the Pennsylvania Reserves, and wondered what he would think if he knew what lay ahead … Continue reading

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