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Pennsylvania Civil War

Chambersburg and Area


This small city endured more than its share of hardships during the war. The most destructive was a fire set on the orders of Confederate Gen. John McCausland after the city failed to raise a ransom July 30, 1864. Much of the Confederate infantry was in Chambersburg when A.P. Hill and Robert E. Lee met in the city square and turned toward Gettysburg in June 1863. Some interpretation of these events and memorials to them are located in the city's town square. Look for historian Ted Alexander's book The Burning of Chambersburg and McCausland's Raid history and tour guide, published by Blue & Gray Magazine and available at the heritage center or from www.bluegraymagazine.com.

Chambersburg Heritage Center
100 Lincoln Way E,  Chambersburg PA 17201
717-264-7101
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    Exhibits highlighting the area's history, including the Civil War and Underground Railroad, are located in this 1915 bank building. Inexpensive driving tour guides to area Civil War sites available here. Free. Heritage Center open Monday-Friday 9 am–5 pm, Saturday 10 am–4 pm, and Sunday noon–3 pm (Memorial Day–Thanksgiving). Closed Sundays and open until 2 pm Saturday other times. PA Civil War Trails sign.


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