Friday, June 21, 2013

Civil War 150th - 1863 Invasion in the Cumberland Valley

Civil War 150th 
 1863 Invasion in the Valley 

was remembered at the Cumberland County Historical Society last evening with a presentation by Pvt. Patrick Farrell, portrayed by Carlisle attorney Hubert Gilroy. Patrick told of the Irish families in the
Cumberland Valley and the grand contributions the Irish soldiers made for the cause. He also described his friendship with the Faller family on North Hanover Street and the War skirmishes fought alongside two of the Faller brothers, John and Leo. Mary, portraying great great grandmother, Maria Faller, read a poignant letter that John wrote home from Antietam telling of Leo's death - September 17, 1862.
An illustrated letter by Leo.
The letters are reproduced in a book titled Dear Folks at Home which includes Johns account of imprisonment in Andersonville.

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