Commemorating Phila.’s role in the Civil War

Washington’s birthday, 1861, just weeks before the start of the Civil War. President-elect Abraham Lincoln took off his hat and coat and raised the first 34-star flag above Independence Hall. Kansas had entered the Union.

Nearby, looking smart in epaulets and crisp gray uniforms, were the Washington Grays, one of Philadelphia’s most popular military units. They raised their muskets high and fired a salute.

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