Barricades Built: Residents Fortify Cove for War


August 3, 2023

As the devastating Civil War continued to tear apart this massively large, newly formed country, leaders believed that the tail end of the next battle would determine which side would dictate the terms of peace.

But farmers and tradesmen kept their eyes on the locations of the soldiers — especially the southern fighters ­­— as they aggressively pushed into the prosperous industrial areas of the north.

Local educator Ben Van Horn wrote in his book “Bible, Axe and Plow” that while central Pennsylvania in mid-1863 was mostly rural with a little urban development in the Altoona area,...

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