Jane Grey Swisshelm

Essential Pittsburgh
8:29 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Unsung Heroes of Western Pennsylvania During Civil War

Pittsburgh's Martin Robison Delany became highest ranking African American officer of a field regiment during war in U.S. history
Credit Wikimedia Commons / National Portait Gallery Washington

While Pittsburgh was never a battleground during the Civil War, there are many little known “unsung heroes” from the Pittsburgh area that made a significant impact in the 1860’s. Heinz History Center's "Pennsylvania's Civil War" lead curator and historian, Leslie Przybylek, shares the stories of three Pittsburghers that you may not have read about in your history books.

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