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The Civil War Diary of Rev. James Sheeran, C.Ss.R.,

Grand Army of the Republic Civil War Museum

Zoom Program

Sunday, December 6, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.

The Civil War Diary of Rev. James Sheeran, C.Ss.R., 

Chaplain, Confederate, Redemptorist

Patrick J. Hayes, Ph.D. Historian, author, researcher

This exciting Civil War diary of a Redemptorist priest, Rev. James Sheeran, C.Ss.R., who was chaplain to the 14th Louisiana Regiment of the Confederacy, is a national treasure. Irish-born Sheeran (1817-1881) was one of only a few dozen Catholic chaplains commissioned for the Confederacy and one of only two who kept a journal. Highlighting his exploits from August 1, 1862 through April 24, 1865, the journal tells of all the major events of his life in abundant detail: on the battlefield, in the hospitals, and among Catholics and Protestants whom he encountered in local towns, on the trains, and in the course of his ministrations. The tone is forthright, even haughty, but captures in sure and steady fashion, both the personality of the man and the events to which he was a witness, especially the major battles. The diary is arguably the most unique narrative of the war written by a chaplain of any denomination and certainly is the most extensive.

As a lover of history, you know how critical it is to keep history alive, especially today!  We very much appreciate your continued support for the GAR Civil War Museum.

4278 Griscom Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19124
(215) 289-6484 •

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You will be sent a link with a password that will enable you to access the program within 24 hours of the start of the presentation.

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The Story of Wistar Park

The Historical Society of Frankford live streamed Fred Prescott’s presentation of the Story of Wistar Park last night in place of their regular monthly in person meeting.

Fred is our former neighbor from Griscom Street and his roots go way back in Frankford history.  He packed a lot of history into this video.  Take a look.


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The Historical Society of Frankford Livestream October 13th

Join us for the Historical Society of Frankford’s next live streaming event on Tuesday evening , October 13th, at 7:30 PM, when board member Fred Prescott will discuss the history of Wistar Park, the first official ballfield in this part of town.

Fred’s lecture will be drawn from our archival resources but will also be flavored by his own personal recollections of growing up in Frankford. The growth and development of amateur and semi-professional sports locally will be shown in the context of the rise of professional sports leagues throughout the United States in the years following the Civil War. And learn the story of the found, lost park.

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Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter266 will be holding their annual name reading at the memorial on Saturday Oct. 24 at 12 noon. It is also the 33rd anniversary of the memorial. The memorial is located at Front and Spruce Sts.
Please come out to show your respect for the 648 men and women from Philadelphia who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam. Chapter 266 is also looking foe new members. If interested email or call Chuck at or 215-722-3518.
masks and social distance required