Feb. 25: Union League of Philadelphia

We’ll be guests at an historic ceremony at 12:30 as the Pennsylvania National Guard reclaims the lost “Catto Medal” and awards it once again to a deserving PNG soldier and airman. Created after Octavius Catto’s murder in 1871 to honor the former major in the National Guard, the award was mysteriously lost for what appears to be a century. Following the event, which we believe is invitation-only, copies of “Tasting Freedom” will be available for sale and signing. Earlier in the day, at 11 a.m., there will be a public wreath-laying in Catto’s memory at Sixth and Lombard. Catto was born on Feb. 22, 1839.

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Click to get a closer look, you can see the name of Octavius Catto at the bottom, as well as his father's.

This broadside is eight feet high and was seen on windows in downtown Philadelphia in June, 1863, as black leaders called a meeting to convince black men to join the Union Army prior to Gettysburg.