John Evans Reports…..04-01-11

Representative John Evans

PA to Mark State’s Role in Civil War
By Rep. John Evans (R-Erie/Crawford)

This spring marks the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War, which broke out April 12, 1861. Throughout four long years of war, our Commonwealth played a crucial role in helping to preserve the Union.

In 1860, Pennsylvania was the second most populous state, approaching a population of 3 million. The state also counted the second highest enlistment of soldiers in the Union army with more than 340,000. In total, more than 33,000 Pennsylvanians died in service with thousands more left physically or mentally scarred by war.

Throughout the 150th commemoration, activities marking Pennsylvania’s role in the war will be held throughout the state. Pennsylvania Civil War 150 (PACW 150) is the official statewide program commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War from 2011-2015.

The online resource – – is a comprehensive website that unlocks the touching personal stories of Pennsylvanians; features the vast Civil War collections of the state’s museums and historical societies as well as tourism landmarks; and offers visitors information about the hundreds of events, exhibits, programs and more taking place across Pennsylvania.

In addition, the site features tools for visitors, teachers, students, scholars, history enthusiasts, history organizations, genealogists and other nonprofit organizations.

Take a moment and visit the site to learn more about Pennsylvania’s role in the Civil War or find out how you can be part of the commemoration’s activities. You can also learn more by following PA Civil War 500 on Facebook and Twitter.

John Evans Reports is a weekly editorial from Rep. John Evans, 5th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, and published by in an effort to keep the citizens of the area informed on matters of importance to them. Rep. Evans can be reached for further comment or input at his Edinboro Pa office 814-734-2793, Girard, Pa office 814-774-2892, or his Linesville, PA office 814-683-5550.

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