Heroes in Blue: Pennsylvania Soldiers of the Civil War
"Making Peace on the Gettysburg Battlefield, Fifty Years Later," examines the 1913 reunion of former combatants on Gettysburg's hallowed ground. The men who valiantly fought 50 years earlier embraced one another in remembrance and reconciliation, reflecting a truly genuine reunion.
Woo Hong Neok
Most people know the American Civil War pitted Northerners against Southerners. Few realize that a Chinese immigrant living in Lancaster fought for the Union. He was Woo Hong Neok and he took up the cause of "opposing slavery."
Thomas Morris Chester
Despite his distinguished military service, neither Thomas Chester nor his black soldiers were honored alongside the Union Army in Washington, DC. Fortunately, he was from Pennsylvania, and his achievements did not go unnoticed.
Clearly, this would be no ordinary war. Determined to help the Union cause, Nicholas Biddle traveled with his local militia on their way to Washington, DC. But first they had to get through Baltimore - and an angry mob armed with bricks.
John Burns fought with distinction in the battle of Gettysburg, survived multiple bullet wounds, and was honored by President Lincoln for his heroism. He was 69 years old.
Levi Bird Duff
Levi Duff's hatred for slavery has been preserved for the ages – thanks to his passionate love for his wife. Find out what we've learned from the love letters he sent from the battlefield.
James Addams Beaver
As a wounded war veteran, James Addams Beaver distinguished himself just as he had on the battlefield: with passion, dedication, and more than a little pride.
John White Geary
In his 53 years, John White Geary accomplished more than most men even have time to think about. Learn about the distinguished political and military career of a true overachiever.
As commander of Pennsylvania's Bucktail Regiment, Hugh McNeil led one of the war's most well-known and respected companies. Learn about his inspiring career, and its legendary end.
Martin Robison Delany
Journalist. Writer. Abolitionist. Academic. Oh yes, and the highest ranking African American officer during the Civil War — Martin Delany broke down racial barriers.
Marie Brose Tepe Leonard
Not even a bullet to the ankle or her thieving husband and his soldier friends would keep this determined woman off the battlefield. Learn how Marie Tepe earned the nickname “French Mary.”
One of the bravest soldiers of the U.S. Colored Troops, Alexander Kelly earned the military's highest decoration for not letting the Union flag fall.