Servitude, Service and Sacrifice

What happens when you look up Civil War on Google? More than three and a half million links are offered up. What happens when you refine the search to include Philadelphia? You get more than 450,000 links. Even though Philadelphia has long been pigeonholed as the "Cradle of Liberty," it truly is, as folks have been suggesting of late, a two-war town.

How could this not be true? Pennsylvania supplied the Union with 400,000 soldiers during the Civil War, a quarter of whom were from Philadelphia. And this city, which was nicknamed "The Arsenal of Democracy" during the World Wars, gave more than men. As the North's southernmost urban, manufacturing, and transportation center, Philadelphia was the Civil War's arsenal, quartermaster, chauffeur and cook, as well as human resources director. [Read more...]

Joel Rose, Producer and Editor
Viet Le, Rachael Berenguer and Jennifer Lynn, Associate Producers
Elisabeth Perez-Luna, Executive Producer
Kenneth Finkel, Executive Director, Arts & Culture Service

Funding was provided by The William Penn Foundation.

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Marking Pennsylvania History

ExplorePAHistory.comCamp William Penn
When the Civil War broke out in 1861, free blacks and runaway slaves in the North rushed to sign-up with Union armies. Many were turned away, told it was a white man's war. It was almost two years before African-American men got their chance to fight. In our continuing series on historical markers in the Philadelphia area, we march to Camp William Penn, the largest Civil War camp set up exclusively to train black soldiers.

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