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The Story of Portsmouth: "The Civil War Period"

Updated: Feb 15, 2021


By Audrey Schiesser | Local Happenings

Stories Inspired From "The Story of Portsmouth" by Elmer Sword


This week we are fast forwarding to the Civil War period. The location of Portsmouth had quite a bit to do with preparations for the war. Due to the fact that we are on the border of where the free slave states were, it was very active in its role of transporting escaped slaves from the south. Due to the elevated risks of this situation, Portsmouth prepared themselves for war. They maintained a well-drilled military company known as the Kinney Light Guards.


When the war began, Portsmouth became a hotspot for war activity. Huge warehouses were converted into commissary depots and fill