Tours to Show State's Role in Civil War

By Bauder, Bob | Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, May 2, 2011 | Go to article overview

Tours to Show State's Role in Civil War


Bauder, Bob, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


A confrontation in December 1864 between federal troops and rural Pennsylvania lumbermen opposed to a civilian draft during the Civil War ended in a gunfight and deaths on both sides outside a log cabin home in Clearfield County.

The story was part of a drama playing out on the Pennsylvania homefront from 1861-65 as Civil War battles raged. The Knox home of Tom Adams, who died in the 1864 shootout, is one of nearly two dozen sites featured in a series of historic road tours to be debuted today in Altoona as part of Pennsylvania's Civil War sesquicentennial commemoration.

Designed by the Appalachian Regional Commission, American Heritage magazine and state tourism agencies, the driving tours take visitors to numerous historical sites, including heritage farms, restored homes and living history museums from southern New York to northern Mississippi. A "Home Front Map-Guide to Appalachia," which participants can use for planning and taking trips, is available at www.visitappalachia.com.

Maps and information on Pennsylvania road trips, covering Civil War sites in Eastern, South Central and Western Pennsylvania, is available at www.visitpa.com/civil-war-trails.

"There always was a focus on the great stories associated with places like Gettysburg and generals Lee and Grant, but there was also a powerful human drama playing out behind the battlefront," said Louis Segesvary, spokesman for the Appalachian Regional Commission, which represents 13 states. …

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