Pottsville in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
In Memory of the First Defenders and Nicholas Biddle
Erected 1951 by Erected by the Citizens of Pottsville.
Topics. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: Patriots & Patriotism • War, US Civil.
Location. 40° 41.04′ N, 76° 11.934′ W. Marker is in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, in Schuylkill County. Memorial is on West Market Street (Pennsylvania Route 209) 0 miles west of North 5th Street, in the median. The marker is affixed to the Southwest face of a monument in the median strip of West Market Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Pottsville PA 17901, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Spanish War Veterans (within shouting distance of this marker); Yuengling -America's Oldest Brewery (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); John O'Hara (about 600 feet away); Burd Patterson (approx. 0.2 miles away); Pottsville Maroons (approx. ¼ mile away); Schuylkill County (approx. ¼ mile away); Molly Maguire ExecutionsFirth Dock (1828-1871) (approx. 1½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pottsville.
More about this marker. The monument has four bronze military figures around its plinth and a column surmounted by a draped female figure with a sheathed sword in the left hand, holding an olive wreath aloft in the right hand.
Regarding In Memory of the First Defenders and Nicholas Biddle. According to other sources, the first U.S. casualty at the outbreak of hostilities was Daniel Hough, an Irish immigrant soldier who died at Fort Sumpter on April 14, 1861, four days before Nicholas Biddle, who was injured during a civil disturbance at a train station in Baltimore several days later.
Also see . . . First Casualty of the Civil War Disputed. (Submitted on December 31, 2019, by Frederick Bothwell of Georgetown, Texas.)
Additional keywords. Claimed Historic First, Historical dispute
Credits. This page was last revised on January 2, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 31, 2019, by Frederick Bothwell of Georgetown, Texas. This page has been viewed 167 times since then and 166 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on December 31, 2019, by Frederick Bothwell of Georgetown, Texas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.