The year 1863 -- exactly 150 years ago -- was monumental for Pennsylvania. It was then that President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address after the Union army defeated the Confederacy on Pennsylvania soil.
The year was also a turning point of the Civil War for the Union, greatly due to the efforts of Pennsylvania soldiers.
Although Pennsylvania played a pivotal role in the Civil War, not much attention has been paid to the state beyond the crucial Battle of Gettysburg, said Andrew Masich, president and CEO of the Senator John Heinz History Center.
Because of the lack of readily available information, the Heinz History Center announced it will open a new exhibition -- titled "Pennsylvania's Civil War" -- Saturday to showcase the state's impact on the war. The 9,000-square-foot exhibit will remain open until Jan. 5.
I suspect that this will be of particular interest to my eldest daughter, my honored father, and my youngest, wise-cracking little brother.
I can see us checking out the exhibits now...
ED: "Dada, look - these soldiers were from where we live now!"HF: "Hmph. They've got it wrong. He's supposed to be from Marshall's regiment. They had chronic supply problems, and weren't issued the new-style bayonets until September of 1862."YB: "Well, you see, the new bayonets were so good, some of the soldiers would wait for dark, and sneak away to disguise themselves as Confederate soldiers. Then they'd find another unit, and surrender! That way, they could steal one of their bayonets. Of course, escaping and getting back before muster the next morning was the trick..."
Yes, I think we'll have to check this out...