Letters to the Editor

A Little Math In case no one else noticed, in “Letters to the Editor” appearing in the Winter 1999 edition, letter writer Jack Bitner of Mt. Gretna states that $68,000 in 1880 would be worth three to four million dollars today. The editorial response to Eric G. Blumenthal’s question about Asa Packer’s worth in the same column states it was valued at twenty million dollars...
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18th Century Cannon at Cornwall Iron Furnace

Iron was in great demand during the Revolutionary War, and brothers Curtis and Peter Grubb, proprietors of Cornwall Iron Furnace in Lebanon County, aided the American cause by casting cannon, shot, and various wares. (Because labor was in short supply, the Grubbs were permitted to use Hessian prisoners of war as workers.) Each cannon produced by Cornwall Iron Furnace was tested locally. If a...
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Bookshelf

County Courthouses of Pennsylva¬≠nia: A Guide By Oliver P. Williams Stackpole Books, 2001 (244 pages, paper, $19.95) An admitted “full-fledged courthouse junkie,” the author traces his interest in county courthouses, courthouse squares, and their immediate surroundings to a curiosity piqued by plaques, monuments, and fountains bearing witness to some aspect of local history. His...
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British Images of War at Brandywine and the Tredyffrin Encampment

Two hundred and twenty-five years ago, on fateful September 11, 1777, one of the largest and most important engagements of the American Revolution took place in southeastern Pennsylvania. It was the Battle of Brandywine, a crushing defeat for the American side. Although British and Hessian engineers delineated several maps of the battle immediately afterwards, until recently no contemporary...
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