Monthly Archives: December 2008

Rebels visit Dover – part 2 (Jefferson to York-New Salem)

Three brigades of veteran Confederate cavalry under Major General J.E.B. Stuart passed through scenic York County, Pennsylvania, on June 30, 1863, en route from the Battle of Hanover to Dover, PA where they camped for the evening near Fox Run. … Continue reading

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John Gibson’s History of York County – Civil War entries

In 1886, York author, lawyer and judge John Gibson penned what at the time was the “official” history of York County, Pennsylvania. Much of his section on the Civil War was taken from research and notes by George Reeser Prowell, … Continue reading

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Rebels visit Dover – part 1 of a series

The historic Salem Church near Dover, Pennsylvania, as seen in the summer of 2008. On the night of June 30 – July 1,1863, this prominent landmark was passed by thousands of Confederate cavalrymen, although most made the passage long after … Continue reading

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The best Civil War CD of them all?

Lightning in a Jar is the fifth CD released by the 2nd South Carolina String Band. Among my Christmas gifts I received this year was the latest CD from my favorite Civil War band, the 2nd South Carolina String Band, … Continue reading

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Gettysburg Glimpses nears publication!

The cover photo for this upcoming book is courtesy of Chambersburg, PA history buff and taltented photographer Will Dupuis, who specializes in Gettysburg-related photography. For more of his work, click this link or visit his homepage. My latest book of … Continue reading

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Confederate column passes through Hallam

A view of the exterior of the Schultz house on Emig Street in Hallam, Pennsylvania. This heavily modified stone house dates from the early 19th century, and is shown in this U.S. government photograph taken in the 1980s. Courtesy of … Continue reading

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Season’s Greetings from Cannonball!

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J. W. Gitt – Hanover man was a victim of both armies during the Gettysburg Campaign

A mid-19th century view of downtown Hanover, Pennsylvania, with the J. W. Gitt dry goods store in the upper right. More than 700 York County residents suffered losses to the passing armies during the Gettysburg Campaign. In a few cases, … Continue reading

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A letter to Abe Lincoln from the York Army hospital

One of the classroom assignments I recall as a child growing up in southeastern Ohio was a task to write a brief letter to the President of the United States, Lyndon B. Johnson. I penned a few lines, but I … Continue reading

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Stranded at Hanover Junction – a Civil War “SNAFU”

As the Civil War unfolded in the spring of 1861, neither the U.S. government or the fledgling Confederate States of America were fully prepared to go to war. One of the early problems that plagued both sides was keeping track … Continue reading

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