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First Defenders - First Five Companies


First Defenders of Pennsylvania

In response to President Lincoln's first call to arms in April, 1861 after the bombardment of Fort Sumter, the men of the National Light Infantry, Allen Infantry, Logan Guards, Ringgold Light Artillery, and Washington Artillery left Pennsylvania and were the first volunteer troops to reach Washington at the start of the American Civil War. These first five companies became known as the First Defenders.



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