Pennsylvania: A Military History

Pennsylvania: A Military History

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Pennsylvania: A Military History by William A. Pencak, Christian B. Keller, Barbara B. Gannon


Founded in 1682 by a society that had no military, eschewed violence as a means of solving conflicts, and tolerated a wide variety of religions, Pennsylvania began as a “peaceable kingdom”—but war was essential to both Pennsylvania’s founding and its history. Pennsylvania was the site of some of the most important military events in American history, including the destruction of the Braddock Expedition, the battles of Brandywine and Germantown, Valley Forge, the Whiskey Rebellion, and the Battle of Gettysburg. Pennsylvania was also a leader in America’s modern wars, with the Pennsylvania-based 28th Infantry Division serving with distinction in both world wars as well as in Iraq, and the state’s industry, particularly steel production and ship building, being essential to the natinal effort. Complete with a list of historical sites and a comprehensive bibliography, Pennsylvania: A Military History is an important reference for those interested in the role of the Keystone State in our nation’s wars.

Westholme State Military History Series
Each state in the United States of America has a unique military history. The volumes in this series seek to provide a portrait of the richness of each state’s military experience, primarily defined by its borders, as well as the important contributions the state has made to the nation’s military history. Written by historians for the general reader, the volumes trace the history of conflict from the original native populations to today. The volumes are well illustrated and include specially commissioned maps, extensive bibliographies, lists of national and state historical sites, and a detailed index.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594162510
Publisher: Westholme Publishing
Publication date: 10/03/2016
Series: Westholme State Military History Series
Edition description: 1
Sales rank: 1,235,037
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author


WILLIAM A. PENCAK (1951–2013) was professor emeritus of history at Pennsylvania State University. He is the author of many articles and books, including Pennsylvania: A History of the Commonwealth, and was editor of Pennsylvania History: A Journal of Mid-Atlantic Studies. CHRISTIAN B. KELLER is professor of history in the Department of National Security and Strategy at the United States Army War College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He is author of a number of books and articles on the Civil War, including Damn Dutch: Pennsylvania Germans at Gettysburg. BARBARA A. GANNON is assistant professor of history at the University of Central Florida and has written on Pennsylvania and various military history subjects.

Table of Contents

Authors' Note and Dedication vii

List of Maps vii

Introduction ix

1 Before Pennsylvania William A. Pencak 1

2 Pennsylvania's Early Defense Policy, 1682-1730 William A. Pencak 7

3 Wars in Pennsylvania, 1731-1748 William A. Pencak Christian B. Keller 11

4 Pennsylvania in the French and Indian Wars, 1748-1766 William A. Pencak Christian B. Keller 19

5 Pennsylvania in the American Revolution, 1765-1783 William A. Pencak Barbara A. Gannon 55

6 Securing Pennsylvania's Sovereignty, 1768-1805 William A. Pencak Barbara A. Gannon 111

7 Pennsylvania in the War of 1812 and U.S.-Mexican War Barbara A. Gannon 135

8 Pennsylvania's War for the Union, 1861-1863 Christian B. Keller 141

9 Pennsylvania's Fight to Win the Civil War, 1863-1865 Christian B. Keller 177

10 Pennsylvania and the Birth of a World Power Barbara A. Gannon 205

11 Pennsylvania in the First War to End All Wars Barbara A. Gannon 212

12 Pennsylvania in World War II: Total Mobilization for Total Victory Barbara A. Gannon 224

13 The Wars that Ended No War: Pennsylvania Military History After World War II Barbara A. Gannon 237

Appendix: Pennsylvania's Military Monuments, Historic Sites, Museums, and Memorials 249

Notes 261

Further Reading 285

Index 289

About the Authors 305

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