119 South Pitt Street · Mercer, Pennsylvania 16137 · 724-662-3490


On Tuesday, October 13, 2015, the Mercer County Historical Society presents a program on a local soldier, Colonel (General) Norman J. Maxwell of the 100th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. The moderator will be James Carnes. Maxwell was born in Plain Grove—then part of Mercer County. To this day the Western Pennsylvania Civil War Reenactor Society commemorates his deeds at Camp Maxwell every other year. He led the 100th PA during the war and in the battle of Fort Steadman where two of his soldiers received the Medal of Honor and many of his troops believed he deserved one as well. In the waning days of the Civil War, Maxwell was promoted to the rank of General. After the war, he then lived in Grove City, made his living as a merchant, and was the mayor. He preferred to be called by “Colonel” rather than “general” in his day-to-day life. The doors open at 6:30 PM; the program starts at 7:00, and should end around 9:00. Come and learn about this local hero! Please join us.

The Civil War Discussion Group is part of the Historical Society’s ongoing efforts to provide programming related to local history. The roundtable meets on the second Tuesday of each month from September through May. Participation in the discussion group is open to the public and is free. The Historical Society’s headquarters is at 119 South Pitt Street, Mercer. For further information, please call the Historical Society at 724-662-3490.

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