Philadelphia was an important city for the Union during the Civil War thanks, in large part, to its seaport, rail connections and large manufacturing base. Despite being a northern city, it also was a hotbed of Confederate sympathy. Waskie's book details the incredible amount of activity generated by Philly as the Union rose to a war footing. Philadelphia contributed 100,000 soldiers to the Union army and provided more than a few leading generals, including McClelland and Meade. Waskie deals with each aspect of the city's involvement -- the various military units, the medical resources, the service organizations, the businesses, etc. -- and provides detailed statistics for each. If you are a Philadelphian you will marvel at the forts, hospitals, factories and rail depots, of which nary a trace remains today -- except for the sprawling cemeteries where many Union vets are buried and which, as always, endure. This is an interesting book, perhaps more suited to the scholar, but which also provides a fascinating story of how the second largest city in America fought the Civil War. If you're a Philadelphian, you'll love this glimpse of the city at a tempestuous period in its storied past.
Andy [Anthony] Waskie, a well=known Civil War historian, battlefield guide, and active living historian in the Delaware Valley and beyond, has written a very readable account and update of Civil War Philadelphia. The much-needed update of Frank Taylor's 1913 classic PHILADELPHIA IN THE CIVIL WAR, 1861-1865 adds new material on Philadelphia's 215 regiments, Reserves, militia, hospitals, refreshment saloons, and the armies of volunteer men and women serving the daily needs of sailors and soldiers of Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley. In addition, without prejudice, the needs both food and medicine of the Confederate soldiers were not overlooked by the Philadelphia women and men volunteers from health to death as the graveyards of America overflowed with the casualties of skirmishes and battles major and minor. A Philadelphian for nearly all his life, Dr. Waskie hsd presented in text and photos an articulate and easily read reminder of a great American city's devotion and unified support for Mr. Lincoln's commitment to the end of Slavery and slave trading, and to the equally important task of preserving the Union. The work is essentially a must-reference book in public and private libraries of Americans of a turning point in our history.