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Downtown in the 1860's - New Castle PA

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Washington Street viewed from Mercer Street looking towards the Diamond in 1860.

Union troops from Lawrence County, headed off to war, march down Washington Street
on April 21, 1861.


  1. My m-g-g-grandfather was probably in that group.

    John H Robison, company B, The Roundheads.

  2. My great-grandfather as well — Wm. Frederick Leathers, 63rd Pa. Vols., Co. K.

  3. My g-g-uncle may have also been in this photo. Here is the info I have on him: December 13, 1861, Joseph R. Butler fought in his first battle, which took place at Dranesville, Va. He was on the firing line during the seven days before Richmond, in the three days of the second battle of Bull Run and later, under command of General Hooker, participated in the battle of South Mountain. Next came Antietam, this being followed by Fredericksburg and then Gettysburg. He left the front May 4, 1864, and was mustered out of the service at Pittsburg, May 16, 1864. His long and dangerous period of service was bravely endured and he had the great good fortune to escape all serious injury. He is a valued member of the Grand Army of the Republic at Wampum.


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