William Brooks http://wesa.fm en Pittsburghers Spent The Summer of 1863 Preparing For The Confederate Army http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburghers-spent-summer-1863-preparing-confederate-army <p>Paint a picture of Pittsburgh in the summer of 1863 and it becomes evident why many once thought the city could be a target for an attack from the Confederate Army.</p><p>The Steel City housed scores of <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/life/lifestyle/lelts-learn-from-the-past-pittsburghs-civil-war-fortifications-692304/">factories and foundries</a> as well as the <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/life/lifestyle/allegheny-arsenal-explosion-pittsburghs-worst-day-during-the-civil-war-653526/">Allegheny Arsenal</a> in Lawrenceville. All of these industries were ideal for producing war materials.&nbsp; A take over of the city could provide the South with <a href="http://triblive.com/news/adminpage/4060688-74/war-civil-fortifications#axzz2Y0fMnTgG">equipment and resources </a>that other Pennsylvania cities, such as Harrisburg, could not supply. This industry coupled with its placement as a transportation hub at the three rivers allowed the city to stand out to many prominent figures of the period, including President Abraham Lincoln.</p><p> Thu, 04 Jul 2013 00:40:57 +0000 Katherine Blackley 12518 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburghers Spent The Summer of 1863 Preparing For The Confederate Army