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Schifferstadt Architectural Museum

| July 2, 2013

Driving on Route 15 through western Maryland, you are crossing through some of the most important territory of the Civil War. This region played host to important campaigns in 1862, 1863 and 1864, and has earned its reputation as the Heart of the Civil War. Just off the Rosemont Avenue exit in the city of […]

Military Map of Philadelphia, 1861-1865

| April 16, 2013

A Military Map of Philadelphia, 1861-1865, is available from the Library of Congress web site, and shows the locations of all Civil War hospitals within the city and the locations of forts and the regiments that supported them.  The map is shown above in low resolution.  The actual map can be downloaded directly from the […]

Petersburg National Battlefield – Monument to the 48th Pennsylvania Infantry at the Crater

| April 11, 2013

Located at the fence around “The Crater” at the Petersburg National Battlefield, is the monument to the 48th Pennsylvania Infantry.  The monument is in the design of a stone podium with the inscription on the top face. “Crater of mine excavated by 48th Pennsylvania Veteran Volunteer Infantry, Burnside’s 9th Corps, 30 July 1864.” The fuse […]

On the March: 50th PA at the Battle of South Mountain

| February 11, 2013

Background My post yesterday briefly discussed the occupation of the city of Frederick, Maryland by Union forces during mid-September 1862. As Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia moved westward to execute its movements in places like Hagerstown and Harpers Ferry, the Union army began to make chase. Union commander George McClellan sought to defeat Lee’s army […]

Brothers Who Were Colonels – Francis Asbury Awl and John Wesley Awl

| February 6, 2013

The announcement of the death of Miss Frances Awl at the age of 79 in the Harrisburg Patriot, 19 September 1921, provided information to connect two men of the surname “Awl” to each other as brothers.  Colonel F. Asbury Awl and Colonel J. Wesley Awl were both Civil War veterans from Dauphin County.  The obituary […]