Christopher D. George, a former Bethel Park resident, will share how he discovered the unique story of the 123d Pennsylvania Volunteers while delving into the genealogy of his own family. This Civil War regiment, comprised almost entirely of young men from Allegheny County, was led into battle by a Presbyterian minister during some of the darkest days for the North. Mr. George will bring the story of these “Christian soldiers” to life by sharing the journals they kept as well as the extensive coverage they received within the local Pittsburgh newspapers.
Christopher D. George, a former resident of the 2nd Ward of Allegheny City, is a graduate of both the University of Cincinnati and the University of Pittsburgh. He teaches in the Upper St. Clair School District near Pittsburgh, PA. An avid genealogist, he has spent nearly 20 years researching his great-great-grandfather and the time he served as a member of the 123d Pennsylvania Volunteers. He was presented with the William Rimmel Award in 2017 by the Allegheny City Society for his contribution to the preservation and understanding of that part of Pittsburgh that was known as the city of Allegheny. He was also awarded a 2nd Place TAZ Award (Nonfiction Category) from The Authors’ Zone in 2017. Mr. George has written articles about the men of the 123d PVI for both the Presbyterian Historical Society in Philadelphia and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Previously, he published a family history titled The George Memory Book in 2008. Chris lives with his wife and three children in South Fayette Township, PA. He can be contacted at email@example.com.