Monthly Archives: July 2008

The Preacher and the General

Tucked in a pleasant little valley not far from Spring Grove, this house was the home in 1863 of the Rev. Samuel L. Roth, a prominent area minister whose church was not far from his abode. Background post: Confederate camp … Continue reading

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Confederate camp site – Jacob S. Altland House

A modern view of the heavily modified house near Farmers, Pennsylvania, that in 1863 was the site of the headquarters of a soon-to-be-prominent Confederate general during the Gettysburg Campaign. Background posts: Confederate camp site series, Wiest house in Spring Grove. … Continue reading

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Lancaster CWRT news release – Gettysburg tour

Micky Kraft sent me a press release today. She encourages area Civil War buffs to Join the Lancaster Civil War Round Table on October 4, 2008, for a full day of exploration in Gettysburg, featuring several well known guides and … Continue reading

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A Native American serves the Union

As I write this, I am sitting in a hotel in southern Ohio on a temporary business assignment. This area, Ross County, is rife with Native American lore and legend, and the town, Chillicothe, was once a bustling chief town … Continue reading

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John Aquilla Wilson – Civil War veteran

A few years ago, York County author and blogger Jim McClure and I briefly discussed a fellow by the name of John A. Wilson, who is thought to be the last black Civil War veteran from York County to have … Continue reading

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155th Pennsylvania Infantry

25mm wargaming figures from the collection of a wargaming friend from Erie, Pennsylvania. Background post: An unexpected visit to York One of the most colorful Civil War regiments from the Keystone State was the 155th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, a unit … Continue reading

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Memory lane – first Gettysburg visit

It was the hot summer of 1968. My parents decided to take a family vacation to Pennsylvania, a state I had never visited. We packed our suitcases in my Dad’s cream-colored Ford Falcon and headed across Ohio through Wheeling WV … Continue reading

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A future Rebel commander visits York

An engraving of Richard S. Ewell before his hairline significantly receded. By the early summer of 1863, the name Richard Stoddard Ewell was well known within North America. The balding and somewhat eccentric Ewell had received considerable press as a … Continue reading

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July meeting – York Civil War Round Table

Historian Tim Smith of the Adams County Historical Society will be the guest speaker at this month’s CWRT meeting in York. Background post: 2008 speaker schedule – York CWRT The monthly meeting of the York Civil War Round Table will … Continue reading

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The cost of the Rebel Invasion – Part 4

Rebels wearily slog through the rain during their retreat following the Battle of Gettysburg. York Countians could breathe a sigh of relief after the Rebels departed. While there had indeed been considerable damage to the railroads and telegraph lines, as … Continue reading

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