Civil War

Some captive rebels took a different trip

Exactly 150 years ago, rebel prisoners, under heavy guard, were shipped from Western Penitentiary to Maryland.

2 weeks ago

 Daniel Telep is a postal collector, and has a letter written by Confederate Lt. Van J. Sellers when he was held prisoner in Western Penitentiary in 1864.

Postal enthusiast traces history

For Sewickley businessman Daniel Telep collecting postal items has been a life-long passion.

2 weeks ago

 Capt. William Catlin of the 32nd U.S. Colored Troops.

Two Monongahela residents want to honor first black officer in Pa. National Guard

Captain William Catlin of Monongahela was commissioned in the state's National Guard in 1871 and served until 1878.

1 month ago

 Jeffrey Paul, president of Pomo Development Inc., tours the Mount Washington site on Wednesday where he hopes to build 26 single-family homes and a park marking the site of a Civil War fortification.

Project preserves Civil War remains on Mount Washington

The subdivision would create a half-acre of open space near the edge of a Mount Washington hillside.

2 months ago

 Col. Thomas Foster Gallagher, a Westmoreland County native, was captured and wounded leading Pennsylvania soldiers during the Civil War.

Civil War colonel's uniform returned home to Westmoreland County

The Westmoreland County Historical Society raises funds to preserve uniforms and equipment of Civil War hero Thomas Foster Gallagher.

3 months ago

History Center's 'Dog Jack' exhibit winds down

"Pennsylvania's Civil War" show will close Jan. 5 at the Sen. John Heinz History Center.

3 months ago

 Curator Michael Kraus looks at a photo of the Danner Museum with items that were from the museum laying on the table. Mr. Kraus is assembling items from the Soldiers & Sailors displays and archives that tell the story of the Battle of Gettysburg.

Book will give life to Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum's collection

"Witness to History: Gettysburg" will describe 50 items from the museum's collection linked to the bloodiest battle of the Civil War.

3 months ago

 Henri Lovie — “General Asboth and Staff on Horseback,” Dec. 10, 1861.

The Civil War brought to life by woodcut engravings

Woodcut engravings made from battlefield sketches chronicle much of the Civil War in publications in the North.

4 months ago

150 years later, newspaper prints a Gettysburg redress

The Patriot-News in Harrisburg apologized for its predecessors calling Abraham Lincoln's address "silly remarks."

5 months ago

Pittsburgh program to honor women's experiences in Civil War

Songs and stories at St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Shadyside will explore lives of woman during the war.

5 months ago

Eyewitness 1863: Civil War draft debate heats up Washington Co.

Southern sympathizers could be a problem, including in the Burgettstown area.

7 months ago

Eyewitness 1863: Pittsburgh principal Meeds rescued by the cavalry

James B.D. Meeds went on to a fine career in finance with Dollar Bank after a short stint as prisoner of "Gray Ghost."

7 months ago

Eyewitness 1863: 'Copperheads' accused as troops face fire in Washington County

Alcohol played a role in a skirmish between federal troops and suspected Southern sympathizers in Washington County in August 1863.

8 months ago

 Susquehanna Travellers will be among groups performing at the 18th annual Gettysburg Music Muster Aug. 16-17.

Gettysburg to host Civil War music fest

The music tradition of the Civil War continues in Gettysburg this summer.

8 months ago

 Re-enactors portray Pickett's Charge, the final, unsuccessful push by the Confederate Army to overtake the Union Army in Gettysburg, Sunday on the Redding Farm.

Pickett's Charge ends Gettysburg events

The re-creation of Pickett's Charge on the Redding Farm was part of a nine-day commemorative program that ended Sunday.

9 months ago

Found in the attic? A cowardly soldier's diary of Gettysburg

The big battle looks different when viewed up close, says a private who wonders who foots the bill for the damage.

9 months ago

 An unidentified Confederate and Union soldier share memories at the 50th anniversary reunion at Gettysburg, Pa., in 1913.

Eyewitness 1913: Rebel yell echoes again across Gettysburg fields

Camaraderie replaced wartime calamity and casualties during 50th anniversary re-enactment.

9 months ago

 Earlier this week, thousands of re-enactors and Gettysburg visitors participate in a Pickett's Charge commemorative march.

Cyclists beat the traffic for Gettysburg battlefield tour

The Adams County town is jammed for the final weekend commemorating the 150th anniversary of the epic Civil War battle.

9 months ago

 Gettysburg leaders stepped in to rehabilitate the decaying Lincoln Train Station in 2006 at a cost of $2.8 million, which was paid for with a combination of state grants, federal funding and private contributions.

Park Service takeover of Gettysburg station slows to a halt

Everyone wants the National Park Service to run the train station in Gettysburg, but Congress hasn't made it happen.

9 months ago

 This wood engraving shows Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant and Confederate Gen. John C. Pemberton negotiating the terms of the Confederates' surrender in Vicksburg, Miss., bringing to an end the Union siege of the city in July 1863.

Vicksburg, Gettysburg battles similar yet different

Same war. Same year. Same dates. Same result. The Battle of Vicksburg was profoundly different though, in tactical terms, from Gettysburg.

9 months ago

Gettysburg artifacts bring Civil War to life

The collection is the largest of Civil War memorabilia owned by the National Park Service.

9 months ago

 Cathy Griffey and her husband Don pause in June to remember soldiers wounded or killed during the Battle of Bedford at Old Bedford Village.

Re-enactors honor the women of the Civil War

Civil War re-enactment is a family affair for the Griffeys of Moon -- even when one member is fighting on the other side.

9 months ago

Essay: Those who fight wars die in wars

This essay is excerpted and adapted from "Those Who Have Borne the Battle: A History of America's Wars and Those Who Fought Them."

9 months ago

 Gen. Joseph Markle, who fought in the War of 1812, trained soldiers in 1863 on the family farm.

Markle descendants note ancestor's role in Civil War

Members of the family recall the Civil War service of a Westmoreland County octogenarian.

9 months ago

 Retired minister and poet the Rev. John Mark Scott recalls playing as a child amid the ruins of a Civil War fort erected on Pittsburgh's North Side. Some of his writings refer to his memories of childhood "battles" at what remained of Fort Fulton.

Retired minister's poem keeps memory of Civil War fort alive

The Rev. John Mark Scott grew up in Reserve and played as a child on the site of Fort Fulton in the city's Summer Hill neighborhood.

9 months ago

The Rev. John Mark Scott's poem about Fort Fulton

"War," by John Mark Scott:

9 months ago

 Stan Zellers, of Lewisburg, Pa., marches in front of the Seminary Ridge Museum Monday in Gettysburg. Mr. Zellers said he was re-enacting an 8-mile march his ancestor, John Kline with the 142nd Pennsylvania, marched 150 years ago.

Seminary Ridge now a Civil War museum

A seminary classroom building that became a hospital during the Battle of Gettysburg is now a Civil War museum.

9 months ago

 Civil War reporter Charles Carleton Coffin

Civil War reporters sometimes got it right

Charles Carleton Coffin of the Boston Morning Journal covered the fighting at Gettysburg.

9 months ago

 Gettysburg 150thUnion re-enactors fire their guns at approaching Confederate soldiers during a presentation of Pickett's Charge on Sunday at Bushey Farm in Gettysburg.

From quiet contemplation to the utter chaos of war, Gettysburg

The story line of Joshua Chamberlain certainly gives meaning to the climactic battle in Gettysburg in 1863.

9 months ago

 Taylor Lawrence, 5, of Mechanicsburg, Cumberland County, holds a candle during a vigil Sunday at Soldiers' National Cemetery at Gettysburg. Luminaria mark each of the more than 3,500 graves of soldiers killed in 1863 in the Battle of Gettysburg.

Gettysburg battle's 'mighty current' recalled

More than 5,000 people gathered Sunday to commemorate one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War on the eve of its 150th anniversary.

9 months ago

 Battle of Gettysburg, showing Union troops advancing from the right during fighting.

Perspectives / Battle split Civil War into two distinct halves

Two great armies met in a small town 150 years ago and reset the course of history

9 months ago

 Re-enactors portraying Union soldiers participate in the Murray's Brigade drill during activities commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg at Bushey Farm in Gettysburg, Pa.

50 years later, thinking has shifted since Gettysburg centennial

The commemoration of the Civil War's centennial took place when the country was in the midst of civil rights struggles of the sixties.

9 months ago

 Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee defeated many of his former U.S. Army comrades.

Gettysburg: 3-day Civil War battle whose significance is still debated 150 years later

A special Post-Gazette report on the Battle of Gettysburg, fought 150 years ago this week and widely viewed as a hinge of American history.

9 months ago

 This illustration, captioned "Negroes Driven South by Rebel Officers," appeared in Harper's Weekly for Nov. 8, 1862. The purpose of the roundup, which occurred near Leesburg, Va., in early November 1862, was to move the enslaved people farther south as Union forces approached, the editor wrote.

Confederates' 'slave hunt' in North a military disgrace

African-Americans in Pennsylvania were targets of Confederate patrols bent on returning former slaves to their owners in the South.

9 months ago

 Colonel Strong Vincent.

Strong Vincent's defense of a key Union position was a turning point at Gettysburg

The Erie native deserves credit for seizing and holding a key position of Little Round Top and saving the battle for the Union.

9 months ago

 This U.S. Army Corps signal station in Elk Mountain, Md., overlooked the Antietam battlefield in October 1862. Less than a year later, similar stations, which functioned as lookout towers, were erected at Gettysburg where Luther Calvin Furst alerted soldiers to Pickett's Charge (photo credited to Timothy H. O'Sullivan).

Diary describes finest hour of Signal Corps messenger

As he rode on horseback along battle lines, Luther Calvin Furst risked his life to carry crucial messages to Union commanders.

9 months ago

 "Gettysburg: The Last Invasion" by Allen C. Guelzo

Book review: 'Gettysburg: The Last Invasion': clear, compelling, comprehensive

Allen C. Guelzo, a historian at Gettysburg College, provides a sweeping narrative of the battle, studded with telling details.

9 months ago

 Mount Pleasant's Gen. John White Geary fought to defend Culp's Hill and was elected governor of Pennsylvania for two terms, 1866-73. Geary also has a statue at Gettysburg erected in 1914 on Culp's Hill.

Western Pennsylvanians served with distinction at Gettysburg

Pennsylvania sent 300,000 sons to fight in the Civil War, many of those were from Western Pennsylvania.

9 months ago

 A Sister of Mercy tends a wounded solider in a tent hospital. Reputedly commissioned by Abraham Lincoln, this painting depicts a scene in Vicksburg, Miss., where the Mercy community had been planted by the Pittsburgh sisters. The painting -- whether it is the original or a copy is unknown -- is in the lobby of the Pittsburgh Sisters of Mercy convent in Oakland.

Union's top military nurses were nuns

Nuns were the only trained nurses in the Civil War and were prized by the federal government.

9 months ago

 Gen. Alexander Hays, who grew up in Franklin, Venango County, helped design some of Pittsburgh's bridges before commanding the Second Corps along Cemetery Ridge. A large bronze statue of Hays was erected on the Gettysburg battlefield in 1915.

Six degrees from Gettysburg

Everyone seems related to someone who fought in North America's biggest battle, writes author Walter G. Meyer.

9 months ago

 James Milton Pipes was one of six men to receive the Medal of Honor for valor at Gettysburg.

Medal of Honor winners from Greene County never stopped leading

Lt. James Purman and Sgt. James Pipes were among six men from Western Pennsylvania to receive the medal for valor at Gettysburg.

9 months ago

 A statue honoring the 72nd Pennsylvania Infantry (seen above in 2005) was blown off its granite base earlier this week at Gettysburg National Military Park in Gettysburg, Pa. The representation of a Union soldier is 7 feet high, 1,500 pounds and made of bronze.

High winds knock over Gettysburg statue

Gettysburg National Park Service rangers worked quickly to right the toppled statue with 300,000 visitors due in town in the coming days.

9 months ago

Gettysburg's anniversary to be marked by events, re-enactors

Two re-enactments, and numerous military demonstrations fill the week for the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.

9 months ago

Gettysburg prepares for tourist invasion

Officials are expecting as many as 300,000 visitors over the next 10 days as tourists mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War battle.

9 months ago

 The sitting room at Swope Manor Bed and Breakfast in Gettysburg.

North Huntingdon couple gives new life to Gettysburg manse

John and Lori Jumba bought the 8,700-square-foot mansion, completely furnished with a 3,300-square-foot carriage house out back.

9 months ago

 Fort McKeever, as it appeared in the 1890s, was on the grounds of what is now Pressley Ridge School on Marshall Avenue on the North Side.

Gettysburg 150th Anniversary / Pittsburgh digs in, prepares for war

Pittsburgh offered a tempting target for Confederate forces, Abraham Lincoln told a visitor to his office on June 18, 1863.

10 months ago

 A statue of Cpl. Jacob Funk is part of the Pennsylvania's Civil War display at the Senator John Heinz History Center.

Heinz History Center exhibition highlights Pa. role in Civil War

Although Pennsylvania played a pivotal role in the war, not much attention has been paid to the state beyond the Battle of Gettysburg.

10 months ago

 Ruth McCartan, president of the Allegheny City Society, and David Grinnell, the group's secretary, give a tour of the North Side where Civil War fortifications were dug.

Tour to visit likely sites of Pittsburgh's Civil War forts

Two tours to the likely locations of five forts, known as redoubts, hastily assembled during the Civil War, will be held Saturday.

10 months ago

 A team at LF Creative Group work on a full-size reproduction of a 20-inch Rodman cannon at the company's Bowling Green, Ohio, workshop.

Heinz History Center to display copy of huge Fort Pitt 1864 cannon

The 20-inch Rodman cannon, built at the Fort Pitt Foundry, could hurl a half-ton ball more than four miles.

10 months ago

 Visitors to the Gettysburg National Military Park often pose with this statue of Abraham Lincoln that sits outside the visitors center and museum in Gettysburg.

Gettysburg park operation seen as model

An unusual public-private partnership provides considerable private funding at the Gettysburg National Military Park.

10 months ago

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