For three days in early July, 1863, Union and Confederate soldiers fought a bloody battle in and around the little town of Gettysburg in bucolic southcentral Pennsylvania. The battle became the turning point of the Civil War, and Gettysburg forever became linked to it.
On December 12, 1787, Pennsylvania became the second state to be admitted into the Union. It has several nicknames, including the Keystone State, The Quaker State, the Coal State, the Oil State and the State of Independence, and its motto is Virtue, Liberty and Independence. The state ranks 33rd in the country when it comes to total square miles.
Located in the northeastern region of the United States, Pennsylvania is bordered by Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, Ohio, New York, New Jersey and Ontario, Canada. The capital is Harrisburg and the largest city is Philadelphia.
The state is home to many professional sport franchises, including the Philadelphia Phillies, the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Philadelphia Eagles, the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Philadelphia Flyers and the Pittsburgh Penguins.
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