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Lt. Thomas Sweeny – Carlisle Barracks (1854-1855)

“Carlisle Barracks—1854-1855: From the Letters of Lt. Thomas W. Sweeny, 2nd Infantry” contains nine letters to Ellen Sweeny about Lt. Sweeny’s experiences and acquaintances at the Carlisle Barracks. Editor Richard J. Coyer introduces the letters with a biographical sketch of

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Locust Grove African American Cemetery – Shippensburg

“Shippensburg’s Locust Grove African-American Cemetery” (2009) Professor Stephen Burg explores the history of the Locust Grove African-American Cemetery in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania in this article. The grandson of Shippensburg’s founder gave the land, which had been used as a slave burial

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Dickinson College 1860 Commencement

Dickinson College‘s 1860 commencement exercises occurred on Saturday evening, July 7, 1860.  Two local papers’ contrasting reports on the evening demonstrate the partisan nature of nineteenth century newspapers.  The Carlisle paper, The Herald, founded by Ekuries Beatty in 1799 originally

Posted in Antebellum (1840-1861)

The Colwell Family

James Smith Colwell, a 48-year-old who worked as a lawyer in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, was one of the oldest men in the region who answered President Abraham Lincoln’s call for 75,000 volunteers after Confederate forces fired on Fort Sumter on April

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