What might surprise people who live in York today, almost 150 years after the Confederate Army marched into the city, was how hospitable some residents were toward the Rebels — offering the invaders bread, milk, butter and pies.
“The men … mingled freely with the Confederate officers, and there was little or no sign of bitterness apparent,” wrote a lieutenant colonel of the 57th North Carolina. “They drank together and discussed the war and many other subjects together.”
Local historians Scott Mingus Sr. and Jim McClure compiled this story and others in their new book “Echoing Still: More Civil War Voices From York County, Pa.”
The book is a follow-up to 2011′s “Civil War Voices from York County, Pa.: Remembering the Rebellion and the Gettysburg Campaign.”
During a May 4 commemoration of the 150th anniversary of York County’s role in the Civil War, McClure and Mingus will speak, using stories and slides related to their new book.