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PART 4: War nears end with Overland Campaign
Part IV of a four-part series printing Sundays in June.
PART 3: Gettysburg campaign: Not a man faltered
The second day of 1863 was marked by an arms upgrade to the new .69-caliber rifled musket. Then soldiers – including Westmoreland County native William Ferguson Leslie – encrusted it on Gen. Ambrose Burnside’s infamous Mud March three weeks later.
PART 2: Invasion of Maryland: ‘A blizzard of fire’
As William Ferguson Leslie and the 11th Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry were making their way through Virginia in autumn of 1862, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee was writing his final orders to implement his invasion of Maryland.
PART 1: ‘Old Eleventh’: Into the heart of battle
William Ferguson Leslie was born and raised in the Ligonier Valley, Westmoreland County, and answered President Abraham Lincoln’s appeal for three-year volunteer soldiers to confront the Confederate rebellion.
Society sews up period fashion show, dinner
Period clothing from uniforms to ball gowns will be modeled to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. A Civil War fashion show and dinner, “From the Homefront to the Battlefield,” will be held at 6 p.m. June 11 at the Friedens Lutheran Church, 131 S. Main St.
Pupils learn about Civil War through reading program
In conjunction with the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, Cambria County middle school pupils had an opportunity to travel back in time and learn about what life was like during those tumultuous years in American history.
Local siblings received mercy
Soldiers from Somerset County came within a whisper of being executed after being captured and imprisoned during the Civil War. They were saved through the efforts of Somerset County Judge Jeremiah S. Black and the mercy of President Abraham Lincoln.
Somerset County soldier fought on despite wounds
Tobias Yoder, a Somerset County soldier in the Civil War, was as close to being a super man as anyone might imagine.
Local troops faced VMI’s teen brigade
“Look! They’re only children!”
That cry must have rung from the lips of many Union soldiers at the Battle of New Market on May 15, 1864.
Among them were members of the 54th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiment, a large part of whom was recruited in Cambria, Somerset and Indiana counties in late summer of 1861.
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