Civil War Monument. Photo by John Strickler, The Mercury
Introduction (video)

For towns in Pennsylvania, legends of the Civil War involve not only those on the battlefield but also those who offered shelter, nursing care, supplies and recovery to the thousands of men in both Union and Confederate armies. Many of the stories have ties to Pottstown and Montgomery County.


Beginning June 20, 2013, we will add a new video story to this site each day leading up to the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg on July 1-3. 

Click on a photo and watch as historian Michael Snyder recounts the experiences of 14 local soldiers who played a part in the turning point of the Civil War.


Read more stories and get information on the re-enactment planned in July in Gettysburg using the menu options above.

Brig. Gen. John Rutter Brooke
Brig. Gen. John Rutter Brooke (video)

Photo by John Strickler/The Mercury

John H. Root (video)
Edmund Wells
Edmund Wells (video)
Samuel H. Rutter
Samuel H. Rutter (video)
Monument to Samuel Davis
Samuel Davis (video)
Artillery made by the Phoenix Iron Co.
Phoenix Iron Co. made Union artillery (video)
Colonel Tippin and his wife
Col. Andrew Tippin & Ellen Tippin (video)
Peter Skean
Peter Skean (video)
John Boyer
John Boyer (video)

Photo by John Strickler/The Mercury

Photo by John Strickler/The Mercury

William Bach
William Bach (video)
Reese Evans
Reese Evans (video)

Photo by John Strickler/The Mercury

Andrew Missimer of Pottstown
Andrew Missimer (video)
Frank Wildemuth
Frank Wildermuth (video)

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