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Grand Army of the Republic – Posts in Cumberland County, PA

Jacob M. Goodyear, The GAR Posts of Cumberland County (Carlisle, PA: Hamilton Library Association, 1951). After the Civil War, many Union veterans joined the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) and established posts in their communities. Seven posts were set

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“Fitzhugh Lee Returns, and Returns”

D. W. Thompson, Fitzhugh Lee Returns, and Returns (Carlisle, PA: Hamilton Library Association, 1963). D. W. Thompson’s essay discusses Confederate General Fitzhugh Lee’s connection with Carlisle, Pennsylvania. General Lee was stationed at Carlisle Barracks before the Civil War, returned as

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Carlisle Indian Industrial School (Carlisle Army Barracks)

The Carlisle Indian Industrial School opened on the grounds of the old Carlisle Army Barracks in October 1879. Even General William T. Sherman had supported the move, as he had noted that the Carlisle Barracks had “long since ceased to

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Frederick Douglass – Visit to Carlisle in 1872

Frederick Douglass gave a speech in Carlisle, Pennsylvania on March 2, 1872 about his work relating to Santo Domingo. In 1871 President Ulysses S. Grant had appointed Douglass to the Commission of Inquiry for the annexation of Santo Domingo the

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The Soldiers Monument

The Soldiers Monument in Carlisle, Pennsylvania was created in a post war effort to honor the Cumberland County soldiers who died as a result of the Civil War. The efforts to build the monument were initiated by the Soldiers Monument

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