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Radio Smart Talk: The Civil War in Pennsylvania -- A Photographic History

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Jan 22, 2013 8:21 AM

Radio Smart Talk for Tuesday, January 22:

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"Pennsylvania sent some 337,963 men to preserve the union...33,183 would perish in this conflict."

Those statistics are taken from Chapter One of the new book The Civil War in Pennsylvania -- A Photographic History, published as a collaboration between the Senator John Heinz History Center for Pennsylvania Civil War 150 and the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. 

However, the numbers are just a small part of the book.  It describes Pennsylvania's role in the many factors that mark the period including the battles themselves, slavery, politics, equipment and supplies and even Pennsylvanians who fought for the Confederacy.  The Civil War in Pennsylvania is also noteworthy for the photographs it contains -- some of which have never been published before.  The Battle of Gettysburg may be the most significant event during the Civil War in Pennsylvania but as the book shows, it is far from the only part of the state's history on the 1850s and 1860s.

The book's three authors -- Michael G. Kraus, David M. Neville, and Kenneth C. Turner will appear on Tuesday's Radio Smart Talk to discuss Pennsylvania and the Civil War.

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  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-01-22 09:38

    E-mail from Marty:

    "John Brown's tannery in PA was located in New Richmond, PA (Crawford County), which is in present day Richmond Township... it was a home and tannery built in 1825 by John Brown and the ruins still stand... this is near the town of Cambridge Springs, PA... I have been at this site, albeit, years ago, but I believe that the graves of his first wife and a son are also on the site..."

  • Bob img 2013-01-22 11:28

    Great show today (it's usually a great show). I'm looking for the link to buy the book, the Civil War in Pennsylvania, as mentioned at the end of the show.

  • Robert D Colgan img 2013-01-22 17:37

    I'll second that. I thought today's show especially interesting.

    It never fails to amaze me --when there have been so many books/articles/studies written about something like the Civil War-- that people are still making discoveries about the combatants, about the events and politics of the war 150 years later. Amazing !

    I do question the number of CW Pennsylvanian casualties.... the new number of total casualties during the CW has been increased to almost three quarters of a million dead--- without accurate census numbers it's purely guesstimate just how many actually died from war wounds . . . although it probably really doesn't matter whether it was 30,000 or 40,000. Too much death.

    It was a horrible 4 years in American history.

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