|Saint Anne's Church at the corner of Lehigh Avenue and Aramingo Street was in the heart of the Philadelphia Irish
neighborhoods in the 1850's. Many parish members joined a variety of Civil War Units including the 69th Pa "Irish
Volunteers". Two men who died in the war with the 69th were Private Francis Shields (Co K) who was killed at
Antietam and Private Thomas Ryan (Co G) who died on smirmish duty at Fair Oaks, Virginia. Shields resting pl;ace
is marked with b oth an origibal gravestone and a modern regimental stone. The location of Ryan is unknown. The
parish history committee organized a ceremony to honor Civil War soldiers buried in the church cemetery and the
69th participated with nineteen members attending the servies and graveside program.