Memory of War
Memoirs, Essays, and Articles, 1860s-1920s
This section contains selected memoirs, essays and articles that were published in the years after the Civil War, all of which touch on the war and how it was remembered in Franklin. Some of these were first-hand accounts, written by participants in the war. Others were written by relatives, children, and friends of those who had lived through the war.
Popular Culture in Franklin County, 1860s-2001
This section contains images and discussion of how the Civil War was remembered in popular culture in Franklin County. The burning of Chambersburg dominated physical memorials and representations of the war in county, although unflattering images of African Americans also became common in local culture in the decades after the war. This section surveys these images and monuments to the war's memory in Franklin, providing context for their development in the county.
Search the Chambersburg Claims
After the war Pennsylvania established a claims commission to review petitions for reimbursement for damages sustained during the war by communities along the border. A great majority of the claims came from Franklin County, largely because of the burning of Chamberburg. This database is a searchable set of the 594 Chambersburg claims.
Search the 1890 Veterans’ Census
The 1890 U.S. Veterans Census Database allows users to search for information about veterans and widows from Augusta County, Virginia, and Franklin County, Pennsylvania, who were living in the two counties in 1890. Users may search by name, residence, rank during the war, regiment, and other criteria.