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.

The State Museum of Pennsylvania - Harrisburg

The highlights of The State Museum of Pennsylvania's Civil War Gallery are the paintings of the Battle of Gettysburg by artist Peter Frederick Rothermel. At the conclusion of the Civil War, the Pennsylvania legislature commissioned Rothermel to execute paintings that would commemorate Pennsylvania's role in the Battle of Gettysburg. Completed in 1870, Rothermel's monumental Pickett's Charge depicts the climactic conclusion of the battle when the Union line turned back a determined Confederate assault. While the cyclorama in Gettysburg is the largest painting in the country, the Rothermel painting is the largest battle scene on a single canvas in North America. Rothermel was also commissioned to produce four smaller paintings of other scenes from the battle, which are also seen in the Rothemal Gallery across from the panorama.

Harrisburg Cemetery – Harrisburg

Chartered in 1845, this is Harrisburg's oldest and largest Cemetery, with period Carpenter Gothic-styled caretaker's house, and the final resting place of many noted individuals of national, state and local importance. For example, James Donald Harrison served as Pennsylvania’s Secretary of War, and Charles C. Davis, also buried here, was honored with the Medal of Honor during the Civil War. Soldiers from all American Wars, including the Revolutionary War (reinterred) and Civil War, as well as Confederate prisoners from the Battle of Gettysburg who died in Harrisburg hospitals, are reposed here. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the 30-acre Harrisburg Cemetery is one of the few cemeteries in Pennsylvania to hold such a distinction.

Lincoln Cemetery – Penbrooke

African Americans who fought courageously for the Union Army are laid to rest in this cemetery. This is the burial place of William Day, co-founder of the National Equal Rights League. Here, approximately 30 US Colored Troop soldiers are remembered and honored for their bravery and loyalty in the fight for freedom. Even today, this cemetery is managed by the Wesley AME Zion community, leaders in the quest for freedom.


Eat Here: The Golden Sheaf - Harrisburg

Harrisburg's only AAA Four Diamond restaurant, The Golden Sheaf serves American Regional Cuisine and boasts a Wine Spectator award-winning wine list. Open for lunch and dinner.

Sleep Here: Crowne Plaza - Harrisburg

Walk to Downtown Harrisburg's history and attractions, including Restaurant Row, the Susquehanna River, and The Whitaker Center with IMAX. You won't find more to do right outside the door anywhere else in the area.