Proclamation by Governor Curtin

by fifer1863 on June 13, 2013

PENNSYLVANIA INVASION.; Two Military Departments Formed In the State, Under the Command of Gens. Couch and Brooks. PROCLAMATION BY GOVERNOR CURTIN. PROCLAMATION OF GOV. CURTIN.
Published: June 13, 1863; Dispatch of 6/12/1864

HARRISBURGH, Friday, June 12.

Gen. COUCH has assumed command of the Department of the Susquehanna. He summons for the defence of the State, all citizens between the ages of 18 and 60, to organize an army corps, embracing cavalry, artillery and infantry, to serve during the pleasure of the President or the continuance of the war. When not required in active service to defend the Department, they will be returned to their homes, subject to the call of the Commanding General.

HARRISBURGH, Friday, June 12.

The following Proclamation has just been issued:

In the name and by the authority of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, ANDREW G. CURTIN, Governor of the said Commonwealth.


Information has been obtained by the War Department, that a large rebel force, composed of cavalry, artillery and mounted infantry, has been prepared for the purpose of making a raid into Pennsylvania; the President has, therefore, erected two new Departments — one in Eastern Pennsylvania, to be commanded by Major-Gen. COUCH, and the other in Western Pennsylvania, to be commanded by Major-Gen. BROOKS. I earnestly invite the attention of the people of Pennsylvania to the general orders issued by these officers on assuming the command of their respective Departments.

The importance of immediately raising a sufficient force for the defence of the State cannot be overrated. The corps now proposed to be established will give permanent security to our borders. I know too well the gallantry and patriotism of the freemen of this Commonwealth to think it necessary to do more than commend this measure to the people, and earnestly urge them to respond to the call of the General Government, and promptly fill the ranks of this corps, the duties of which will be mainly the defence of our own homes, firesides, and property from devastation.

Given under my hand, &c.



National History Day in Pa

by fifer1863 on May 18, 2011

Recently I had the opportunity to judge at the Pennsylvania State National History Day Competition at Millersville University.  What a great couple of days!  It was exciting walking around campus seeing students talking about history.  There were students dressed as various characters from history for the performance category and displays that filled the gym at the school.

What is National History Day?

According to the National History Day website, “National History Day makes history come alive for America’s youth by engaging them in the discovery of the historic, cultural and social experiences of the past. Through hands-on experiences and presentations, today’s youth are better able to inform the present and shape the future. NHD inspires children through exciting competitions and transforms teaching through project-based curriculum and instruction.”

National History Day in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania has it’s own section of the NHD website at along with a Facebook page to keep students and teachers informed about various events that are occurring throughout the year.

Jeff Hawks, who is the education director for the Army Heritage Education Center in Carlisle, is the statewide coordinator for NHD here in PA.  Jeff did a terrific job this year running the state competition and he and his team deserve a great deal of credit for keeping things under control and on time.

And the Winners are…

You can view a list of winners on the PA NHD State Website.

If you would like to view the websites that won, here is a quick little trick until they get published.  Go the the winners page and then click on say Junior Individual Websites and you should see that the Apple Indians: Red on the Outside, White On the Inside website won that category. Now, to find out what that site looks like, here is what you can do:

Copy the title of the website: Apple Indians: Red on the Outside, White On the Inside

Go to

Type “Apple Indian: Red on the Outside, White On the Inside” site: into the search bar and click Search

That’s it!  You should see links to the winning website.  You can do this for all of the winning websites by just changing the name of the entry in quotes.  Remember there are four website categories:  junior individual, senior individual, junior group and senior group.

Congrats to all the winners!



PA Civil War 150th Road Show

by fifer1863 on April 17, 2011

Here is an old press release that I found and thought I’d share from the PA Civil War 150th committee. In 2011, the Pennsylvania Civil War Road Show will travel to 22 counties across the state to share the incredible personal stories of Pennsylvania’s men, women and children during the war. The Road Show packs an impressive amount of interactive exhibits on the Civil War experience in Pennsylvania into a 53-foot expandable trailer. It will also collect Pennsylvania’s Civil War history county by county, inviting people to share Civil War artifacts, photographs and stories in a recording booth. Over the four-year anniversary of the Civil War (2011-2015), the Road Show will travel to all 67 counties in Pennsylvania.

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PA Civil War 150 Website

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Pa Civil War Trails, Google Earth and Gigapan

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