Tag Archives: Pennsylvania

A Failure to Organize: Philadelphia’s Board of Trade Rifles

I’m a sucker for a good recruiting poster. Their patriotic images and garish text so often evoke the pomp, pageantry, and enthusiasm on display in the early years of the Civil War. These broadsides can tell us a lot about … Continue reading

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The Erie County Soldiers’ Memorial

Paid for by Dan Rice and created by sculptor Leonard Volk, the Erie County Soldiers’ Memorial was inaugurated on November 1, 1865. Situated on an island of land, in the middle of U.S. Route 20, which the lanes split to … Continue reading

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A Pensacola Refugee

It may be easy to forget sometimes that there was no hard border between the North and South during the Civil War. Citizens of both sides could find ways to migrate for the purpose of evading a war zone. Those … Continue reading

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Mount Davis’ Civil War Connection

In the southwestern corner of Pennsylvania, far from the great battlefields of Virginia, Tennessee, and Georgia, are the rugged Allegheny Mountains. This remote part of Somerset County has the highest ridges in the state, with an unlikely Civil War connection. … Continue reading

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Holiday History Tour

I traveled home from Fredericksburg to Erie Pennsylvania for Thanksgiving this year. It was my first trip back since arriving here in late June. As I have an serious allergy to the commercialism of Black Friday, I decided to make … Continue reading

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“An Especial Prize to the Boys:” Union Soldiers and the Illustrated News (Part 2)

This is the second of two posts regarding the relationship between Union soldiers and the emerging illustrated press during the Civil War. Part 1 may be found here. Soldiers were evidently grateful to receive the illustrated weeklies. Albert O. Marshall of the … Continue reading

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