Join the National Park Service for a presentation on the Defenses of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Rich Condon, a public historian based out of Western Pennsylvania and seasonal park ranger for the National Park Service, will present a lecture on the defenses of Pittsburgh during the Gettysburg Campaign.
As Robert E. Lee was preparing his invasion of the north in June 1863, citizens across Pennsylvania were in a state of panic. With news spreading of the impending Confederate advance, towns and cities across the Keystone State mirrored a sense of fear and uncertainty. These communities prepared for the worst, and began constructing defensive fortifications to check what seemed to be a very real threat. Among those affected during the summer scare of '63 were the citizens of Pittsburgh, who erected 37 forts in response - some of which still stand to this day.
Park Ranger Steve T. Phan
National Park Service (Civil War Defenses of Washington)
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