The Slaw 03: Civil War Pittsburgh // Make+Matter & Burghwood // Abjuration’s 2nd Anniversary

Meet Rich Condon aka Civil War Pittsburgh on Instagram and learn how he is using social media to highlight Civil War historic sites around Western PA.

by Lindsay Patross
November 19, 2019

Or you can listen to Episode 03 here.

In this episode of The Slaw: Staying on top of Pittsburgh, we talk to Rich Condon who runs the Civil War Pittsburgh website. Through events and social media, Rich shares the stories and places around Western Pennsylvania that were significant to the Civil War. Our collaboration segment spotlights the Make+Matter shop in Lawrenceville and our event selection is the Abjuration Brewing 2nd Anniversary Party on November 30.

Meet Civil War Pittsburgh

In Episode 03 we talk with Rich Condon, founder of Civil War Pittsburgh, about how he first became interested in Civil War history and some of the sites around Pittsburgh that are significant to the Civil War.

The Aviary & Civil War History

Civil War Pittsburgh marker at The Aviary

The National Aviary on the North Side sits on the site of the Western State Penitentiary (1826-1882). The penitentiary housed confederate prisoners during the Civil War.

The American Civil War: Beyond the Battlefield

September 17, 1862: Allegheny Arsenal Explosion

On September 17, 1862, there was an explosion at the Allegheny Arsenal that killed 78 people. Last year, the Lawrenceville Historical Society published a story featuring the only known photograph of the victims of the explosion.

Check out the Lawrenceville Historical Society’s website here for more Lawrenceville history.

African American History of the American Civil War

The United States Colored Troops were one of the first times that you have organized regiments of soldiers that included former slaves in the armed forces.

During the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, the Heinz History Center honored the 200+ members of the United States Colored Troops who are buried in Allegheny Cemetery.

The Heinz History Center produced this video about Martin Delaney an African American Pittsburgher who became the highest-ranking African American in the U.S. Army, for their 2013 exhibit “Pennsylvania’s Civil War.”

Civil War & Night of the Living Dead

The opening scene of George Romero’s “Night of the Living Dead” features the grave of a Nicholas Kramer, a veteran of the 134th Pennsylvania Infantry.

The one Civil War historic site in Pittsburgh you should not miss: Allegheny Arsenal.

Allegheny Arsenal site is located in Lawrenceville in what is now Arsenal Park. The explosion took place on what is now the baseball field. The only existing building from the arsenal is the stone building where the bathroom is located today.

Civil War Pittsburgh

Map credit: Lawrenceville Historical Society

While you are there, stop at Arsenal Cider House, located across from the Arsenal site for a drink.

December 7: Civil War Pittsburgh Event @ 25 Arsenal

  • Civil War Camp Reenactment
  • Tintype photography
  • Civil War-themed dinner

Find more information about the December 7 event here.

Show & Tell with Civil War Pittsburgh

Letter from mother who lived in Oakland to her son who served in the Army.

Civil War Pittsburgh

Civil War Trails & Pittsburgh

Civil War Trails is a nonprofit organization that installs interpretive signs at Civil War historic sites.

Follow Civil War Pittsburgh

A very Pittsburgh Collaboration: Make + Matter & Burghwood

Make+Matter is a collective of three Pittsburgh designers who focus on sustainable textile design:

You can visit the Make + Matter storefront in Lawrenceville. They specialize in home goods and sustainably manufactured clothing. It is an exceptional place to find thoughtful, creative gifts.

Burghwood upcycles rescued wood to create handcrafted home furnishings from their wood shop here in Pittsburgh. They helped to build the interior of Make + Matter’s retail storefront with solid hardwood shelving and tables.

Events: Abjuration Brewing’s 2nd Anniversary Party

Abjuration Brewing – the experimental, science-themed brewery in McKees Rocks – plans to celebrate their two year anniversary with a party at the end of the month.

Abjuration Party v2.0

  • Date: Saturday, November 30, 2019
  • Time: 1 pm – 9 pm
  • Location: Abjuration Brewing, 644 Broadway Ave, McKees Rocks PA 15136
  • Facebook Event

The anniversary party will be marked with six beer releases. Three of the beers will be available for carry out in cans, and three of the beers will be part of their ‘Unit Testing Program’ series.

The Unit Testing Program beers will feature oat milk and cereal variations, including chocolate puff, cinnamon toast and fruity flakes.

Hungry? Blue Sparrow food truck will be on-site whipping up their delicious global street food. Expect to hear music from Outlaw DJ Josey and peep the beanies and t-shirts they’ll have available for merch.

You can also check out our story on Abjuration’s Pumpkin Pie Milkshake Ale here.

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