"Saluting Camp William Penn"

History columnist and author, Donald Scott discusses Civil War soldiers from Camp William Penn, which was based northwest of Philadelphia in what is today Cheltenham Township. A columnist for the Journal Register Company, Scott has written about history for The Philadelphia Inquirer, America’s Civil War magazine and Everton’s Family History Magazine. He has written two books, contributed to two major anthologies and currently serves as an Assistant Professor of English at the Community College of Philadelphia.

Watch the full episode on YouTube: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4

Watch an interview with Scott:


This episode was taped at The National Archives at Philadelphia, which houses records documenting Camp William Penn, local fugitive slaves and the Civil War effort.  It is one of 14 branches of the National Archives.

Watch an interview with the Archives' Leslie Simon:


Watch an interview with PA Civil War 150's Project Director John Seitter:

Additional Resources:

Donald Scott article on the sacrifices of those who came before

Explore PA History: Camp William Penn behind the historic marker

Explore PA History: Audio piece on emancipation as a military measure

History Net: Camp William Penn: Training ground for freedom

PA Civil War 150: Camp William Penn

Citizens for the Restoration of Historical la Mott

Pennsylvania Past Players