Monthly Archives: May 2008

A marvelous day at Antietam

Dunker Church at Antietam (photo by Scott Mingus) Today, I took my two-year-old grandson and his uncle (my younger son) to the Antietam National Battlefield for the day. The weather was delightful – sunny and warm, and the comraderie outstanding. … Continue reading

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June meeting – York CWRT

Background post: 2008 speaker schedule – York CWRT The next meeting of the York Civil War Round Table will be Wednesday, June 18, at 7:00 p.m. at the York County Heritage Trust’s auditorium (250 E. Market Street in York). The … Continue reading

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A York soldier first encounters the war

York County’s 130th Pennsylvania marched past the venerable old Mountain House inn at Turner’s Gap on South Mountain on September 15, 1862. Today, this establishment is still in operation and offers some of the best food in the central Maryland … Continue reading

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Stuart’s Ride – a detailed article

Well known Pennsylvania author J. David Petruzzi visited the York CWRT this past Wednesday night and presented one of the most interesting overviews of J.E.B. Stuart’s mid-1863 ride around Hooker / Meade’s army that I have recently heard. I had … Continue reading

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Stuart’s Ride through York County

The subject of a talk on May 21, 2008, by noted author J. David Petruzzi — famed Confederate cavalry general James E. B. “Jeb” Stuart, who was killed less than a year after his controversial ride around the Union army. … Continue reading

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An outstanding Gettysburg diorama!

Dennis Morris’s museum-quality miniature layout of a portion of the Battle of Gettysburg Here is a link to my other blog, which I maintain for a wargaming society that Debi and I formed several years ago. It depicts what I … Continue reading

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A silent meal

A Civil War-era lavish dinner at a well-to-do household. Most southern Pennsylvanians did not enjoy such luxury, but their dinner spreads were often equally impressive. Confederates often marveled at the “vast oceans” of food that some were fortunate enough to … Continue reading

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Plenty of Blame to Go Around: Stuart’s Controversial Ride to Gettysburg

Pennsylvania author J. David Petruzzi is the featured guest speaker for the May meeting of the York CWRT. From June 30 through the wee morning hours of July 2, elements of J.E.B. Stuart’s vaunted, but road-weary and exhausted Confederate cavalry … Continue reading

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Confederate camp sites in the York County region

When not on campaign, Civil War troops (particularly the Federals) had semi-permanent camps with tents and log structures. While on the road, they made do without these luxuries. For the Rebels on the march to Pennsylvania, the camp was usually … Continue reading

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A Parade through Hanover

The 18th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry marched past the market shed in Hanover’s town square, seen here in this vintage postcard depicting the square not long after the Gettysburg Campaign. With the outbreak of Fort Sumter and the bombardment of Fort … Continue reading

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