Photo by Loy Elliott

FEEDING THE TROOPS, NOURISHING A NATION

Pennsylvania’s farmers played a unique role in supporting the Union troops during the Civil War, and indeed it was their farms that drew Robert E. Lee across the Mason Dixon line, into the “Pennsylvania Breadbasket,” and towards Gettysburg. Lenwood Sloan, director of cultural and heritage tourism for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania facilitated an open dialogue concerning preservation, conservation, and commemoration projects for the upcoming Civil War 150 commemoration and the year-long commemoration of American Patriots of the Civil War. Sloan also shared information about the United States Colored Troops (USCT) Hallowed ground project that is working to conserve a series of important historic sites in Adams, Franklin, and Cumberland Counties. A panel discussion concluded the evening by exploring present day topics of preserving the agricultural lands the troops fought so hard for.

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