Philadelphia and the Civil War

Philadelphia and the Civil War

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At the outbreak of the Civil War in 1861, Philadelphia was the second-largest city in the country and had the industrial might to earn the title qArsenal of the Union.q With Pennsylvania's anthracite coal, the city mills forged steel into arms, and a vast network of rails carried the ammunition and other manufactured goods to the troops. Over the course of the war, Philadelphia contributed 100, 000 soldiers to the Union army, including many free blacks and such notables as General George McClellan and General George Meade, the victor of Gettysburg. Anthony Waskie chronicles Philadelphia's role in the conflict while also taking an intimate view of life in the city with stories of all those who volunteered to serve and guard the Cradle of Liberty.Here the rookie troops learned how to march, the manual of arms and how to perform various maneuvers. Drill sessions lasted approximately two hours each and, for most men, were exercises in tedium. One soldier described his days in theanbsp;...

Title:Philadelphia and the Civil War
Author: Anthony Joseph Waskie
Publisher:The History Press - 2011

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