Nicholas Biddle - Forgotten Hero
John David Hoptak, author of several books and a National Park
Service interpretive ranger at Antietam National Battlefield, offers
a riveting account of how Nicholas Biddle became the "first man to
shed blood in the Civil War." An African American living in
Pottsville, Biddle was not, curiously enough, a member of a military
unit nor was his wound inflicted during battle. Discover how Biddle
earned a niche in American history in "A Forgotten Hero of the Civil
Read more » (PDF, 1.2 MB).
Photo from member
Deborah E. Reed Deborah provided me with this photo of several "retired"
Civil War veterans from Schuylkill County.
Col Daniel Nagle, Robert Reid, Frank R. Leib, Joseph Gould, and Daniel
Daniel Donne is her paternal G-G-Grandfather and was sergeant in the 48th
The date for the photo (probably taken at a reunion) is June 16, 1914
Daniel was in his late 70’s at the time.
He died in the early 1920’s and is buried at Odd Fellows Cemetery in
replace General Nagle's on 48th Monument comes full circle After more than two years, a campaign to replace the missing
sword on a Pottsville Civil War general's monument has been completed.
Read the article from Pottsville Repubican