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150th Anniversary of the Civil War in Central Pennsylvania

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In my last post I talked about the burning of the Columbia Wrightsville Bridge during the Civil War and an event that was staged to commemorate the 150th anniversary. That was on Friday night, but there were other things going on that weekend in honor of the anniversary, and because of the anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.

I went back to Wrightsville the following morning to take in more Civil War things that were going on. Family from out of town was visiting and we thought it would be fun to check out some the anniversary events. My mother lives in Wrightsville and her home served as a convenient home base. The morning was supposed to start with a guided tour of a cemetery, which has the resting places of some civil war soldiers (and I assume we would have heard some stories about them), but the tour guide never showed up. The tour had been advertised and there was a sign set up to mark the starting point, but after some time passed it became clear that no one was going to show up.  So we just looked around a bit on our own then walked back. We didn’t see any clearly marked soldier graves, but honestly didn’t look too hard.

Here are some pictures from just walking around in Wrightsville and from the cemetery.
Sorry, not much is civil war-sy.

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I had never seen markers like this before. There was a larger tombstone with all the names and dates on it for a whole family, but there was more than one “sister” listed, so it was hard to tell which one was buried where.

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One of my nephews studying a tombstone:


There were other things going on in Wrightsville, but across the river in Columbia a Civil War camp had been setup, so we opted to go to that instead.

The camp was pretty neat. There were a lot of very nice and informative reenactors there so it was educational, too. There was a blacksmith, a medical tent, a tent with a gentleman showing different types of ammunition and weapons, another where a gentleman was showing how bullets were made, soldiers who demonstrated different formations and tactics, women dressed in garb from the era, and other general tents, people, and things on display.

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Honest Abe was there too, but I did not get a good picture of him. He was a popular guy, as I’m sure you can imagine, and I wasn’t patient enough to wait around for a good candid shot.




I liked the camp and thought everyone involved did a good job. Any of the reenactors I heard speaking were very nice and informative, and I thought they succeeded in making the camp interesting and interactive.

I’m not sure when/if I’ll get to Gettysburg to site-see, and there probably won’t be another event like this locally until another major anniversary (maybe in 25 years?) so I’m happy to have had a chance to experience this.


Written by Jim

July 5, 2013 at 11:17 am


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