This was passed to me from a friend and this is for anyone that is interested.
Personally: The civil war has always fascinated me as a war that should have never happened and the controversy behind why it did. Like everyone else, I have all heard the various reasons why it did happen. Today, there are still people that get upset over the flags being flown and what they represent to them. Yes, the confederate flag is a symbol but it also mean different things to different people: Some, southern pride, some hatred of those that are not them, and others suppression. In some ways, the country is still divided over the philosophy behind the war. People need to learn from the war and let the hatred go. We are one country united under one flag and should stay that way. Do not let these soldiers too die for naught.
Philadelphia's First Civil War Casualty
SATURDAY, APRIL 23RD - 1PM
All are welcome to attend a memorial service to commemorate the sacrifice of Philadelphia's first military casualty of the American Civil War at Palmer Cemetery in Fishtown section of Philadelphia. The General Meade Society has joined forces with other historical and civic organizations to sponsor this event. Light refreshments will be offered after the service.
NOTE: Parking will be made available on Palmer Street between Belgrade and Memphis Streets.
On this day, April 19, in 1861, Philadelphia suffered its first military casualty of the American Civil War. A 26-year-old German immigrant named George Leisenring (who also appears as John Lichtenhahn in contemporary records of the day) was mortally wounded in Baltimore, Maryland, and died a few days later at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia.
Leisenring was a member of the Washington Brigade, which included the Washington Guards, a group of volunteers commanded by Colonel William F. Small. Small's volunteer force, composed in part of German immigrants, had been organized as a militia regiment in January of 1861. They along with the Sixth Massachusetts Regiment arrived in Baltimore, Maryland, by train, only to encounter an enraged mob of "secessionists" or pro-Confederate residents of the city. Some of the mob boarded the railroad car in which George Leisenring was an occupant, and the young resident of Philadelphia received "two stab wounds," one in his back and another by a knife which was also "plunged into his side." He and four Massachusetts soldiers would die, while some 25 others were wounded during the assault.
Samuel Bates, in his multi-volume work, The History of Pennsylvania Volunteers, first published in 1869, states how those soldiers attacked
during the Baltimore Riots were "recruited in Philadelphia, in the districts of Northern Liberties and Kensington, and at least one-half of
its members were German." Leisenring served as a private in Company C, commanded by Captain Henry Ungerer of the 2nd Regiment of the Washington Brigade, according to Frank Taylor, Civil War soldier, author, and artist, in his work, Philadelphia in the Civil War: 1861-1865, published in 1913. Leisenring was first buried in the Union Wesleyan and Harmony Burial Ground located in Kensington. The bodies buried there were later re-interred at Fernwood Cemetery, Delaware County. Regrettably, the exact whereabouts of Leisenring's grave is not known. During this 150th sesquicentennial of the American Civil War, which begins this month, it should be remembered that Philadelphia from the beginning paid a price, as it has done in all wars, for both freedom and liberty. George Leisenring was no exception. He is someone to be remembered with honor for his sacrifice, which is the more remarkable since he gave his life in the defense of his adopted country.
The Historical Society of Pennsylvania holds one of the largest collections of Civil War-era documents in the region. Learn more about
HSP's collection and the start of the Civil War by watching the 3-minute video below.
Civil War Commemoration at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania --------------------------------
The General Meade Society's mission is to promote and preserve the memory of Union Major General George Gordon Meade, commander of the Army of the Potomac and architect of the Union victory at Gettysburg. The society currently boasts hundreds of members throughout the country, all of whom share a common interest in General Meade's multifaceted life and career. Activities include: administering the Meade school scholarship, tours of Meade-related sites in Philadelphia, living history presentations, historical symposiums, supporting battlefield preservation, conducting graveside services honoring war heroes and the adoption of the Meade Monument and HQ site in Gettysburg, PA.
Learn more about our organization by visiting: http://www.generalmeadesociety.org