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Hallowed Grounds

Posted by: pinsker

Small cemeteries across Pennsylvania sometimes offer the only opportunity to see evidence of the African American lives that helped save the Union.  Many of the neighborhoods and homes of nineteenth century black families in Pennsylvania are no longer standing.  Often the documents and records of their lives have become difficult to find or might no longer be available.  But the graveyards of Pennsylvania still hold poignant evidence of the men and their families who sacrificed so much for their nation.  This section uses photographs, videos, and dynamic maps to help illustrate the power of these hallowed grounds.

Posted Wednesday, August 25th, 2010 at 9:31 am.

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Dynamic Map of Pennsylvania’s Hallowed Grounds

Posted by: solnitr


Using free tools from Google Maps, we have launched a dynamic new map of Pennsylvania’s hallowed grounds that attempts to chart the burial locations of black soldiers from Pennsylvania who fought in the Civil War.  In particular, this map-in-progress highlights  cemeteries that hold the remains of the 100 Voices, or representative figures being memorialized by the 2010 PA Grand Review initiative.  For example, three members of the  100 Voices are buried at Midland Cemetery in Steelton, Pennsylvania –Lemuel Butler, Andrew Hill and Charles Henderson.  Visitors to the dynamic online map will find photographs and exact GPS coordinates of their headstones (courtesy of Calobe Jackson, Jr.) as well as background information on these men. Each online cemetery marker also includes information such as photographs or videos (where available) of the cemetery and whatever additional background information might be contained within Dickinson College’s House Divided research engine or at the Pennsylvania Grand Review website.   This particular Hallowed Grounds map is  ongoing project that needs your help.  Please feel free to contribute photos, videos, GPS coordinates (obtainable through smart phones or GPU handsets) by sending them to us at hdivided@dickinson.edu.   Other Civil War Era-related dynamic maps, such as one concerning the Underground Railroad in Pennsylvania or Frederick Douglass’s childhood in Baltimore, have been posted here.

Posted Wednesday, August 25th, 2010 at 9:00 am.

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Midland Cemetery – Gigapan Pictures (September 2010)

Posted by: sailerd

On September 16, 2010 several organizations as well as students from Steelton-Highspire Hight School met at Midland Cemetery in Steelton, Pennsylvania to help clean up and preserve the grave markers. You can see Gigapan Pictures (interactive panoramic images) of the cemetery by clicking on the links below.

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The following images of Midland Cemetery were taken in May 2010:

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(Images Courtesy of Byron Kiehl, Steelton-Highspire School District)

Posted Sunday, January 9th, 2011 at 10:43 pm.

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Bucktoe Creek Cemetery – Video from Tower Hill Students

Posted by: sailerd

Last week a group of students from Tower Hill School put together a short video of their trip to Bucktoe Creek Cemetery. The students’ presentation honors the USCT soldiers who fought in the Civil War and were later buried at this cemetery.

Download the WMV file (Right click on the link and select “save link as”)

Posted Monday, November 8th, 2010 at 4:37 pm.

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Bucktoe Creek Cemetery

Posted by: sailerd

Check out the slideshow below of pictures from Bucktoe Creek Cemetery, which is located in Chester County, Pennsylvania. They were taken during the Rugged Conservation Weekend that took place on September 11, 2010. You can learn more about this cemetery at the Land Conservancy’s website.

(Images Courtesy of Gwendolyn M. Lacy)

Posted Friday, October 15th, 2010 at 3:21 pm.

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Laurel Mt. Cemetery – Johnstown, PA

Posted by: sailerd

Check out a slideshow of Laurel Mt. Cemetery in Johnstown cemetery Johnstown, Pennsylvania below –

(Images Courtesy of Jim Dougherty)

Posted Tuesday, August 24th, 2010 at 3:30 pm.

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Bucktoe Cemetery – Chester County, PA

Posted by: sailerd

Lenwood Sloan at William Maxwell’s grave

The following pictures are from Bucktoe Cemetery, which is located in Chester County, Pennsylvania. One of the images is of William Maxwell’s headstone, who served in Company K of the 32nd USCT Regiment and died on May 18, 1903. Watch a short slideshow or click on one of the pictures below to see a larger version.

(Pictures courtesy of Fred Kelso)

Posted Sunday, June 6th, 2010 at 11:22 pm.

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Union Hill Cemetery – Kennett Square, PA

Posted by: sailerd

Union Hill Cemetery

Union Hill Cemetery is located in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania.

Moses Dunmore, whose headstone is in the pictures below, served in Company E of the 3rd USCT Regiment. He died on February 13, 1920. Watch a short slideshow or click on one of the pictures below to see a larger version.

(Pictures courtesy of Fred Kelso)

Posted Sunday, June 6th, 2010 at 10:46 pm.

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Lincoln Cemetery – Penbrook, Pennsylvania

Posted by: sailerd

The pictures below are the headstones of three soldiers who served in the USCT and were buried at Lincoln Cemetery in Penbrook, Pennsylvania.
Watch a short slideshow or click on one of the pictures below to see a larger version.

(Pictures courtesy of Afrolumens.com and Calobe Jackson Jr.)

Posted Sunday, June 6th, 2010 at 12:34 am.

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Midland Cemetery – Harrisburg, PA

Posted by: sailerd

The Midland Cemetery is the final resting place for slaves, former slaves, men of the United States Colored Troops, Buffalo Soldiers and numerous leaders of the area’s African American community. In recent years, the Friends of Midland have rescued this historic burial ground from an overgrown field to a tranquil garden of peace and remembrance.

The pictures below are the headstones of three soldiers who served in the USCT and were buried at Midland Cemetery. Watch a short slideshow or click on one of the pictures below to see a larger version.

(Pictures courtesy of Pennsylvania Civil War Trails and Calobe Jackson Jr.)

Posted Saturday, June 5th, 2010 at 4:02 am.

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