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Harrisburg in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Harrisburg Cemetery

Harrisburg

 

Civil War Trails

 
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By Devry Becker Jones, August 2, 2019
1. Harrisburg Cemetery Marker
Inscription.  Harrisburg Cemetery holds the remains of many famous Pennsylvanians, including those who contributed to the Commonwealth's and the Union's military and anti-slavery efforts prior to, and during, the Civil War. Union and Confederate soldiers wounded in the Battle of Gettysburg, and who later died in Harrisburg hospitals, are interred here.

The statue and grave of Major General John White Geary (1819-1873), who served as Mayor of San Francisco and Governor of both the Kansas Territory and Pennsylvania, is also buried here. During the war, he served with distinction during the Chancellorville, Gettysburg, and Atlanta campaigns.

Harrisburg lawyer and judge Mordecai McKinney (1796-1867), who helped lead the way through adversity in defending local African Americans and fugitive slaves from the South, is also interred here. Born into a slaveholding family, McKinney became a fervent abolitionist who tirelessly worked to improve the cultural life of the African American community in Harrisburg by helping to found the African American Second Presbyterian Church.

Brigadier General Joseph F. Knipe (1824-1901), who assisted
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By Devry Becker Jones, August 2, 2019
2. Harrisburg Cemetery Marker
in the Union's defense of Harrisburg when threatened by Confederate forces in June 1863, also lies here, as does Simon Cameron (1799-1889), Abraham Lincoln's first secretary of war and longtime U.S. senator.
 
Erected by Pennsylvania Civil War Trails.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Pennsylvania Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 40° 16.226′ N, 76° 52.339′ W. Marker is in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in Dauphin County. Marker can be reached from North 13th Street north of Liberty Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 515 North 13th Street, Harrisburg PA 17103, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. In Honor of the Revolutionary Soldiers Buried in the Harrisburg Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Harrisburg Cemetery (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Bridge (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sylvan Heights Mansion (approx. half a mile away); State Arsenal (approx. half a mile away); Old Philadelphia & Reading Railroad Station (approx. half a mile away); Harris Switch Tower (approx. half a mile away); Pennsylvania Canal (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Harrisburg.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 3, 2019. This page originally submitted on August 3, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 55 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 3, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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