When Johnny Comes Marching Home

When Johnny Comes Marching Home

After the war, Pennsylvania began the process of rebuilding its towns and honoring those lost in the war. Soldiers returned home with stories of the horrors and heroics of war, neighbors were reunited, and families began the process of burying their loved ones. This is when Johnny comes marching home, a road trip of honoring the past and remembering those who gave their lives to make a better nation.

Gettysburg National Cemetery - Gettysburg

Thousands of wounded and dying soldiers were left in the wake of the battles in Pennsylvania. Many of whom were buried in the Gettysburg National Cemetery. This cemetery was dedicated on the same day that Abraham Lincoln delivered his Gettysburg Address. Over 6,000 soldiers from several American wars were laid to rest on this plot of land. In 1870, the remains of Confederate soldiers were removed from the cemetery, most of them reburied in the Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond. Be sure to visit the graves of Charles Parker and Henry Gooden, the only African American Civil War soldiers buried in the National Cemetery.

Thaddeus Stevens/Lydia Hamilton Smith Historic Site – Lancaster

Take some time to remember the crucial role that Thaddeus Stevens and Lydia Hamilton both played in the development of our nation. They championed equal rights for Americans of all colors and backgrounds although such views were unpopular at the time. This site stands in honor of their journey and sacrifice in making America a better place.

Stevens Greenland Cemetery - Lancaster

Named after abolitionist and congressman, Thaddeus Stevens, this cemetery is located on the southwest side of Duke Street, north of the Conestoga River, and southeast of Riverview Cemetery, Lancaster City. This is the final resting place of Civil War Soldiers who served in the U.S. Colored Troops. In 1906, the land was given to a private corporation. Stevens Greenland Cemetery is the final resting place for Abraham Quamony, Co. E, 24th USCT, a notable burial from Pennsylvania's Grand Review 100 Voices.


Eat Here: The Herr Tavern & Publick House - Gettysburg

Enjoy fine American cuisine in the historic Herr Tavern restaurant. Located in a country inn that opened in 1815, this establishment was used as the first confederate hospital during the Battle of Gettysburg. History meets hospitality here.

Sleep Here: Battlefield Bed & Breakfast - Gettysburg

A beautiful 8-room Civil War fieldstone farmhouse circa 1809 that is located on 30 privately held acres of the famous Gettysburg Battlefield.