Monthly Archives: February 2008

The Lost Letters (Part 1)

During the Confederate occupation of York, a number of soldiers took the opportunity to write letters home to their families and/or sweethearts. A few of these letters survive, and I include portions of them in my two manuscripts on York … Continue reading

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South Mountain in Miniature

The Battle of South Mountain was a integral part of the Maryland Campaign, yet it receives little attention from authors, writers, and tourists. Located within a 2 and a half hour drive from York, the battlefield consists of three distinct … Continue reading

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Shenandoah Valley / Winchester bus trip!

The National Civil War Museum (Harrisburg) is sponsoring a special Shenandoah Valley / Winchester Tour on April 11, 2008. This promises to be an exciting one-day event, and reservations are being accepted from the public. Many of the Confederates who … Continue reading

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New movie on the 5th New York coming out

In a recent post, I recounted a visit through York County by veterans of the 14th Brooklyn (also known as the 84th New York Militia) in 1867 as they returned to Gettysburg. I received word that a movie is in … Continue reading

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Brooklyners Visit York County

Custom made miniature of a 14th Brooklyn soldier, sculpted by Alan Ball and painted by Marion Ball. On Tuesday, July 2, 1867, a group of Civil War veterans from the 14th Brooklyn Infantry, a celebrated unit known as the “Red-Legged … Continue reading

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The train ride

During the weeks following the Battle of Gettysburg, thousands of wounded soldiers passed through tiny Hanover Junction in southern York County, passing through the railroad intersection eastward on the Hanover Branch RR en route to Baltimore, Harrisburg, Philadelphia, Washington and … Continue reading

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The Burning of the Columbia-Wrightsville Bridge

One of the Confederate objectives during the Gettysburg Campaign was to seize the long covered bridge across the Susquehanna River between Wrightsville in York County and Columbia in Lancaster County. Lt. General Richard S. Ewell ordered Major General Jubal Early … Continue reading

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Not worth naming

J. W. Greathead was a merchant in the Fulton County town of McConnellsburg. With his father, the 29-year-old co-owned a thriving general merchandise store, which had been cleaned out during a Confederate raid in the fall of 1862. Undaunted, the … Continue reading

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York CWRT speaker schedule filling in!

Through the efforts of Kathy Friel, the speaker schedule for the 2008 meetings of the revitalized York Civil War Round Table is filling in. Tim Smith, well respected author and official of the Adams County Historical Society, has agreed to … Continue reading

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Manuscript update

Some of you have recently asked me about the progress of my latest manuscripts. Here is a brief update on my writing activities. 1. Human Interest Stories from the Gettysburg Campaign, Volume 3 is about halfway finished. There is no … Continue reading

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