A House Divided:
The Citizens, the Celebrated, and the Seditious of Civil War Philadelphia
A Sesquicentennial Exhibition of the Friends of Laurel Hill Cemetery
In 2011, states, cities and institutions across the United States of
America marked the 150th Anniversary of the start of the Civil War. Many of
those men engaged in battle, fighting on the sides of both the Union and
Confederacy, now rest at Laurel Hill Cemetery. Our site also holds sacred the
remains of numerous, prominent Civil War-era Philadelphians, including
volunteer nurses, surgeons and supporters of the war effort.
A commemorative, Sesquicentennial Exhibition installed at the Cemetery
Gatehouse explores Laurel Hill’s varied historic and cultural connections to
the American Civil War. It highlights our chosen “Elite Eleven,” a select group
of military figures and citizens whose contributions to the war and war effort
together epitomize the stories of the peoples who lived during and through
this stirring era in our nation’s history. These figures will remain a focus of
the exhibit throughout the Sesquicentennial (2011-2015), in addition to a
rotating selection of notables whose influence was most keenly apparent in
specific years or battles of the war. Our 2013 notables include those who we
remember for the important roles they played in year of war 1863,
specifically at the Battle of Gettysburg.
Learn more about our 1863 Exhibit Opening and Event.
The Friends of Laurel Hill Cemetery are currently seeking historic Civil War-related objects
or papers for display in our Sesquicentennial Exhibition. If you are, or know anyone who
may be interested in making a Temporary Loan, please contact us at
email@example.com or (215) 228-8200.
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