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The John Harris-Simon Cameron Mansion

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Pennsylvania

219 SOUTH FRONT STREET
HARRISBURG, PA 17104, USA

Website: http://www.dauphincountyhistory.org

From 1863 to 1889, this was the home of Simon Cameron, Lincoln's first secretary of war. Cameron was a controversial figure who had proposed arming African-Americans early in the war effort and was forced to resign as a result. He also played a major role in establishing Harrisburg as a central location for the movement of Union troops and material. Among the mansion tour highlights are items from Cameron's service in Lincoln's cabinet and as Ambassador to Russia during the civil war, Cameron family furnishings and artifacts, and General and Mrs. Cameron's 1863 drawing room.