Pennsylvania Grand Review

Honoring African American Patriots 1865 / 2010

Grand Review 2010 – Lancaster County

On November 14, 2010 Lancaster County held a ceremonies at Shreiner-Concord and Stevens Greenland Cemeteries to honor those men who served in the United States Colored Troops during the Civil War. If you were unable to attend, check out the videos and pictures below

Professor Leroy Hopkins (Millersville University) discusses African-American heritage in Lancaster


Other Video Clips

Click one of the links below to watch one of the other videos:

“A. Lee Brinson playing Sgt. Jonathan Sweeney (1832-1915), a black Civil War Soldier”

“Michael Laverty talking about Sgt. Jonathan Sweeney (1832-1915) a Civil War Black Soldier”

“Darlene Colon playing Lydia Hamilton Smith at Ceremony Honoring Black Civil War Soldiers”

“Ross Hetrick, president of the Thaddeus Stevens Society, Talks at Ceremony Honoring Black Soldiers”


Slideshow – Pictures from Shreiner Cemetery and Stevens Greenland Cemetery

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Bucktoe Creek Cemetery – Video from Tower Hill Students

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”)

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Grand Review 2010 – Press

A number of media groups filed reports on the Pennsylvania Grand Review that took place in Harrisburg last week between November 4 – 7. “Saturday’s colorful parade touched everyone who saw it,” as Charles Thompson of the Patriot-News explains. The parade on November 6 included over 100 reenactors, which as Thompson notes, makes the Grand Review “one of the largest gatherings of U.S. Colored Troops reenactors anywhere.” “Recalling these soldiers now — at the onset of what surely will be five years of reflection on the 150th anniversary of the Civil War — underscores the value of their special role in fighting that war and the historic role played by Harrisburg,” as the Patriot-News Editorial Board observes. Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell also attended the event.


Click on the links below to watch the videos

ABC 27 News

CBS 21 News

Patriot-News Video



Read other articles about the Grand Review from newspapers across the state

Altoona Mirror, November 15, 2010

“A group of veterans from across the state got their due homage Sunday afternoon… During a ceremony at Huntingdon’s Riverview Cemetery, five new headstones for Civil War Colored Troops veterans were dedicated after the original headstones became unreadable.” Click here to full article

Centre Daily Times, November 15, 2010

“Marking the 145th anniversary of that event, Sunday’s review in Bellefonte was one of several held across the state to recognize the more than 8,000 men from 11 black regiments who represented Pennsylvania in the Civil War. Of those men, 25 received the Medal of Honor.” Click here to full article

Daily Local News, November 16, 2010 (Chester County)

“Sunday’s event included re-enactors, such as the Bradbury Camp Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Bill Vosselers’s Confederate Civil War Re-enactment, and a group of students from Cheyney University portraying two black Union soldiers…. During her invocation, the Rev. Delores J. Loper said that as she looked out on the ground before her, it was clear many had died so we could enjoy freedom.” Click here to full article

Delco Times, November 15, 2010

“Eden also serves as the final resting place for the most black Civil War veterans in Pennsylvania — possibly the most Civil War veterans of any color or creed in the state. On Sunday members of the 3rd Regiment U.S. Colored Troops Civil War re-enactors honored them with a rifle salute and wreath-laying as part of a 150th anniversary observance of the Civil War.” Click here to full editorial Also see this article about the event.

Meadville Tribune, November 15, 2010

“Inscribed on the stone is the statement of its purpose: “In Honor of the United States Colored Troops of the Civil War Buried in Crawford County.” Those memorials were dedicated during a special ceremony Sunday in Greendale Cemetery, one of 42 cemeteries throughout Pennsylvania that hosted public services to pay respect to the roles and sacrifices of African-Americans who enlisted and fought in the Civil War.” Click here to full article


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“Students Uncover African-American Civil War History”

WHTM (Channel 27) has an interesting story on Dr. Steven Burg’s Theory and Practice of History class at Shippensburg University. Dr. Burg’s class, as reporter Megan Healey explains, is “researching a group of 50 African-American Civil War soldiers” who were buried at the Lebanon and Mount Vernon cemeteries in Chambersburg. You can either read the full story or watch the video on this report.

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Video – USCT Grand Review on WGAL

WGAL ( Channel 8 ) recently had a story on the plans to reenact Harrisburg’s USCT Grand Review later this year. You can watch the video clip by clicking here.

You can learn more about Midland Cemetery here.

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Spirit of Independence – Civil War Trails (Zion Hill Cemetery)

Follow the Civil War Trails and learn about the 180,000 African Americans who served and fought for their freedom.

Watch this video by clicking here.

(Courtesy of Pennsylvania’s Quest for Freedom)

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Spirit of Independence – Bethel AME Church

Founded in 1817, Bethel AME Church served as a station on the Underground Railroad. Experience the power of faith, music and living history as slaves tell the story of their fight for freedom.

Watch this video by clicking here.

(Courtesy of Pennsylvania’s Quest for Freedom)

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A Visit to Lincoln Cemetery

Historic Lincoln Cemetery in Pennbrook, Dauphin County holds the remains of several black Civil War soldiers as well as notable nineteenth-century civil rights activists and writers such as William Howard Day and T. Morris Chester. In this short video, National Civil War Museum curator Brett Kelley interviews local historian Calobe Jackson about the cemetery’s historical significance and about some of the stories of the heroes who are buried in this special place.

Click here or on the image to watch this video

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