Harrisburg in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Prelude To Gettysburg
Regardless, Gettysburg was the site of the largest battle ever fought on American soil and it involved a great deal more than the resources of one single, famous town.
In six counties near Gettysburg, civilians and militia answered the first call to arms and bravely endured relentless threats and the destruction of their property. Here, women raised funds to support the war and nursed tens of thousands of wounded soldiers left behind from the battles fought in the orchards and fields. Interestingly, part of the battlefield was owned by Freeman, Abraham Brien. Although a number of Gettysburg area Black men joined volunteer militias or USCT regiments during the war, no Black veteran was interred in Soldiers' National Cemetery until 1884. Still, free men and freed men alike enlisted to fight for their own rights, and children sacrificed their security, sometimes their lives. Their combined efforts provided the turning point for the Union cause.
Erected by Pennsylvania Civil War Trails
Marker series. This marker is included in the Pennsylvania Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 40° 15.586′ N, 76° 52.907′ W. Marker is in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in Dauphin County. Marker is at the intersection of Market Street and North 2nd Street, on the left when traveling east on Market Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Harrisburg PA 17101, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Harrisburg (here, next to this marker); Market Square (here, next to this marker); Hilton Harrisburg and Towers (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Market Square (within shouting distance of this marker); Market Square During The Civil War (within shouting distance of this marker); Market Square Presbyterian Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Dauphin Deposit Bank Building (within shouting distance of this marker); The Johnston Building & Menaker Building (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Harrisburg.
Categories. • African Americans • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on March 28, 2017. This page originally submitted on March 27, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 120 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on March 27, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.