The American Civil War was without question the most well documented event in our nations history. The stories of these men on both sides of the line can never be forgotten. Almost as many Americans were killed in The Civil War as all other American wars put together. It is often referred to as the first modern war, because of the numerous inventions that were developed during that period. Among them were the repeating rifle and the camera. It is the photographs that will lead the future generations to ask why? Being born and raised in south-central PA., my interest in the war has come very naturally. I would like to share a small part of my interest throughout my web site. I hope you enjoy!
I was born and raised in Franklin County PA., just north of the famous Mason-Dixon Line. After graduating from James Buchanan High School, in Mercersburg, I took a job for a local lumber company. I would then move on to a large manufacturing company. After working in a Technical Support position I have recently accepted employment at Target Distribution Center T589. I am a graduate of the computer specialist program at Thompson Institute in Chambersburg,where I received a 4.0 GPA for my efforts. After class I usually went next door to Golds Gym and had a good workout. (I still go as much as possible) I'm a dedicated outdoorsman, and spend a lot of time hiking, fishing, and hunting. I'm a member of the Cumberland Valley Civil War Round Table in Chambersburg PA. I've spent countless hours tramping the battlefields of Gettysburg and Antietam.
One Who Served
I am very proud of the fact that I had an ancestor involved in the war. My great-grandfather, Peter Andrews, enlisted in Company I, 7th Maryland Infantry, at the ripe old age of 17. Although born in PA., Peter was residing in Hagerstown, MD. at the time of the war. Maryland was a border state with divided loyalties, and he cast his lot with the Union. In 1864, as a member of The United States 5th Army Corps, he fought in the battles of The Wilderness, and Spotsylvania Courthouse VA., being severely wounded in the latter.In my correspondence with the National Archives, I learned that he suffered a gunshot wound to the right side of his body at the ninth rib. The ball entered the front of his body and exited out the back. He recovered from his wound and participated in the campaigns of Petersburg and Appomattox. He lived until 1918, when his youngest son James, my grandfather, was oversees fighting another enemy, in another war.
For four long years the bloody war raged across Franklin County's landscape! Chambersburg was occupied three times by the confederates. In 1862 Confederate General J.E.B. Stuart raided the town. In 1863 Confederate General Robert E. Lee and the Army Of Northeren Virginia passed through on the way to Gettysburg. Then finally in 1864, in reprisal for destruction in the Shenandoah Valley by Union Forces, Confederate General John McCausland burned the town. It was the only northeren town so destroyed during the war.
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