Category Archives: Civil War

Seattle During and After the Civil War

During the American Civil War of 1861-1865 the struggling outpost of Seattle in Washington Territory anxiously watched and waited as to how the war’s outcome would affect not only national issues but how it would affect federal influence in the … Continue reading

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A Civil War Confederate in Seattle: John Scurry

The events of the American Civil War, 1861-1865, occurred far, far away in the eastern USA but during those years residents of Seattle certainly were aware of the conflict. In the decades after the Civil War, veterans tended to migrate … Continue reading

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A Civil War Veteran in Fall City: Augustus Marshall

Americans have always been a people on-the-move.  Every year numbers of Americans relocate for reasons of access to jobs, education or simply for a change of lifestyle to explore a different region and climate. From the earliest years of the … Continue reading

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A Civil War Veteran in Seattle: H.C. Henry

During the American Civil War of 1861 to 1865, one of the pivotal battles was at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, over three days: July 1, 2, and 3, 1863.  This titanic confrontation between Confederate troops commanded by Robert E. Lee, and the … Continue reading

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Counting the Civil War Veterans in 1890

In the years following the Civil War of 1861-1865, veterans migrated westward to find land and new lives.  By 1890 there were at least 1,000 Civil War veterans in the Seattle area and more in many other parts of Washington … Continue reading

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A Headstone for Captain John M Hoyt at Last

Guest article from the Emerging Civil War blog:  the story of how the unmarked grave of a Civil War veteran was discovered and honored in Seattle.

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Far Beyond the Sounds of Battle: Seattle’s Civil War Legacy

This guest article by Richard Heisler of the Civil War Seattle project is reposted from the Emerging Civil War blog of June 29, 2021. A letter received in Seattle in 1863, telling of actions during the Civil War, was reprinted … Continue reading

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Honoring a Civil War Veteran

Although Washington State did not send troops to the Civil War (1861-1865), after the war veterans from all over the USA chose to come to the Pacific Northwest to start new lives. Cemeteries all around the Seattle area contain graves … Continue reading

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A Civil War Veteran in Seattle: Edward Lind

The Civil War of the United States was fought from 1861 to 1865 and yet, 160 years later, we are still fighting issues of the unity and principles of what it means to be an American.  Throughout their lifetimes, veterans … Continue reading

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Homesteading in Wedgwood after the Civil War

In Seattle in the 1870s it was still possible to obtain land in a homestead claim.  Some who came to Seattle were young adventure-seekers, but many who came seeking land were older men who were trying to make a fresh … Continue reading

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