The Valley of the Shadow

Franklin County Memory of the War

  • Remembering the War: Franklin County Newspapers, 1865-1870

    This section contains articles that appeared in the Augusta County newspapers in the years immediately following the end of the war. These articles discuss numerous topics, but all of them deal with the war and how it should be remembered and interpreted. You may also search the post-war newspapers.
  • Remembering the War: Memoirs, Essays, and Articles, 1860s-1920s

    This section contains selected memoirs, essays and articles that were published in the years after the Civil War, all of which touch on the war and how it was remembered in Franklin. Some of these were first-hand accounts, written by participants in the war. Others were written by relatives, children, and friends of those who had lived through the war. You may also search the memory articles for Franklin and Augusta.
  • Remembering the War: Popular Culture in Franklin County, 1860s-2001

    This section contains images and discussion of how the Civil War was remembered in popular culture in Franklin County. The burning of Chambersburg dominated physical memorials and representations of the war in county, although unflattering images of African Americans also became common in local culture in the decades after the war. This section surveys these images and monuments to the war's memory in Franklin, providing context for their development in the county.
  • Search the Chambersburg Claims

    After the war Pennsylvania established a claims commission to review petitions for reimbursement for damages sustained during the war by communities along the border. A great majority of the claims came from Franklin County, largely because of the burning of Chamberburg. This database is a searchable set of the 594 Chambersburg claims.
  • Search the 1890 Veterans' Census

    The 1890 U.S. Veterans Census Database allows users to search for information about veterans and widows from Augusta County, Virginia, and Franklin County, Pennsylvania, who were living in the two counties in 1890. Users may search by name, residence, rank during the war, regiment, and other criteria.

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