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  • Mar 22, 2014
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Pittsburgh may have been far from the battlefields of the Civil War but from its position guarding the Ohio River gateway to the South and West it supplied the men and steel that earned it the subtitle of the "Forge of the Union.". Barcousky mines the archives of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette to present this thin collection of Civil War related stories.  While moderately interesting it isn't worth buying except for the most dedicated Civil War buffs or local history collectors.


As with most books about the War years President Lincoln is a key figure, figuring in stories about his pre-war campaign visit and his comments to Pittsburgh visitors to Washington about the city as reported in the paper, or more accurately, papers.  The pre merger Post and Gazette were rivals in reporting on opposite sides of the political divide, the Gazette staunchly Republican and strong supporters of Lincoln, the Post Unionist but Democratic and consistently critical of the President and his conduct of the war.

The book concludes with a brief story about Pittsburgh's last Civil War veteran, who did not die until 1946-after the Spanish-American War of the late 19th Century, and the two great World Wars of the 20th!  This book, just over 100 small-format pages, doesn't last quite as long.

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