Philadelphia and the Civil War: Arsenal of the Union

Overview

Immigrants to Kensington, freemen of Lombard Street, Germantown millworkers and Broad Street nurses-all answered the call of the Union.

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 "Arsenal of the Union." 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 ...

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Overview

Immigrants to Kensington, freemen of Lombard Street, Germantown millworkers and Broad Street nurses-all answered the call of the Union.

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 "Arsenal of the Union." 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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609490119
  • Publisher: History Press, The
  • Publication date: 4/13/2011
  • Pages: 253
  • Sales rank: 955,256
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Edwin C. Bearss 9

Acknowledgements 11

Introduction 13

Philadelphia at the Outbreak of Rebellion 17

Ethnic Make-up of Philadelphia, Immigration and Military Participation 28

First Philadelphia Volunteers to the Warfront and the Baltimore Riot 32

Political Opposition to the War 39

Abraham Lincoln in Philadelphia 45

Philadelphia Civil War Military Hospitals 52

Benevolent and Volunteer Service Organizations of Philadelphia 62

Southwark Refreshment Saloon Movement 69

Benevolence of Volunteer Firemen 78

The Union League of Philadelphia 80

Civil War Philadelphia Railroad Transportation 84

War Industries and Manufacturing 89

Financing the War 93

Training Camps 96

Philadelphia during the Gettysburg Campaign 100

Philadelphia-Based Military Units 107

Philadelphia Commanders 147

Philadelphia and the Navy 154

U.S. Marine Corps 158

Principal Civil War-Era Cemeteries 163

Prominent Civil War-Era Philadelphians 167

Notable Women of Philadelphia 174

"Three Sundays in April"-Triumph to Tragedy 187

"Johnny Comes Marching Home" and Welcome Back 190

Independence Hall during the Civil War 194

Civil War-Era Veterans' Organizations 198

Medal of Honor Recipients 206

Philadelphia's Civil War Memorials, Monuments and Parks 208

Appendix. Philadelphia-Based Civil War Museums, Institutions and Organizations 213

Notes 215

Bibliography 237

Index 249

About the Author 255

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