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Philadelphia Timeline, 1861

1861

  • January 3. Meeting of citizens at Board of Trade rooms, to take action concerning the peril of the Union.
  • January 7. Destructive fire, Maule & Bros., lumber-yard, Twenty-third and South Streets.
  • February 10. Ship John Trucks cut through by ice and sunk at Arch Street Wharf, Delaware River.
  • April. War excitement.
  • April 23. Whale caught in the Delaware opposite the city.
  • May 8. First Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers march South.
  • July 4. Grand parade of Gray Reserves and Home Guards.
  • September 4. Seizure of property belonging to rebels.
  • September 10. Ferry boat Curlew with 142 head of cattle aboard, sunk in the Delaware. Most of the cattle escaped.
  • September 14. Fire in Continental Theatre, Walnut Street above Eighth. Fourteen ballet girls burned, nine whom died.
  • October 19. Boiler explosion at I. P. Morris' machine works, Richmond. Two men killed.
  • October 30. Fire. Cotton and woolen mills, Twelfth Street and Washington Avenue. Loss $100,000.
  • November 5. Explosion at Bridesburg Arsenal. Two men killed.

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Excerpted from "Happenings in ye Olde Philadelphia 1680-1900" by Rudolph J. Walther, 1925, Walther Printing House, Philadelphia, PA

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