Civil War Era Studies
Elias Sheads Jr. worked in his father's shop. They made wagons and coaches, some of the bedrock laborers in Gettysburg's society. In 1860, when census taker Aaron Sheely walked the streets of the borough counting heads and recording in vivid detail what Gettysburg looked like, Elias lived with his mother and father. [excerpt]
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Rudy, John M., "A Carriage Ride from Home" (2014). Interpreting the Civil War: Connecting the Civil War to the American Public. 44.