Monthly Archives: January 2009

Rebel destroy the Codorus Bridge (Black Bridge)

Early 20th century linen postcard of the Black Bridge, a landmark railroad bridge in central York County, Pennsylvania, between York and Emigsville. During the Civil War, a predecessor bridge was heavily damaged by Confederate forces under the command of Major … Continue reading

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More on the P.A. & S. Small flour mills

The aerial photograph of the modern York Flour Mills, Inc. is courtesy of Microsoft Virtual Earth, and shows the location of one of the old P.A. & S. Small mills nestled between the railroad and the Codorus Creek. In 1863, … Continue reading

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P.A. & S. Small’s mills were Confederate focal points

View of the modern York Flour Mills, which sits on the site of one of the 1863 flour mills operated by the firm of P.A. & S. Small, one of York’s leading food wholesalers for many years. Philip Albright Small … Continue reading

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Speaking schedule

Miniature Civil War troops painted by Andrew MacDonald-Rice. Courtesy of the Johnny Reb Gaming Society, an international Civil War miniature wargaming group headquartered near York, Pennsylvania. I will be speaking at the Greater Dover Historical Society at 7:00 PM on … Continue reading

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The Louisiana Tigers visit Myers’ mill in Manchester Township

The Myers grist mill was one of several similar establishments that once dotted the banks of the Codorus Creek north of York, Pennsylvania. The old mill is in excellent condition today, and is privately owned. It is next to the … Continue reading

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J.E.B. Stuart’s Rebels raid Spangler’s mill near Cold Spring Station

View of the old Henry Myers mill located on Green Valley Road northeast of Jefferson, Pennsylvania. On the afternoon of June 30, 1863, Brig. Gen. Fitzhugh Lee‘s Confederate cavalry of Stuart’s division rode past this once thriving mill en route … Continue reading

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Lincoln bust at Hanover Junction to be dedicated on his 200th birthday

My battlefield tramping partner admires the bust of President Abraham Lincoln in the memorial garden at Hanover Junction, Pennsylvania. This monument will be formally dedicated on February 12, 2009. Linda from the Hanover Junction preservation group (and the Red Lion … Continue reading

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A bug does what a bullet could not do

Henry Free was a native York Countian who served his country in the American Civil War. He enlisted in Company C of the 166th Pennsylvania, a nine-months’ regiment raised in York. Free mustered into the army on November 10, 1862, … Continue reading

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Did Napoleon lose the Battle of Gettysburg?

Of course not – he wasn’t even alive. However, his far-reaching influence on military thinking may have made an impact on why Robert E. Lee lost the Battle of Gettysburg (or maybe it was just that the Yankees had something … Continue reading

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Confederates raid Hanover Junction

The Junction Hotel, seen above in this December 2008 photograph, was among the small cluster of buildings that made up the hamlet of Hanover Junction, Pennsylvania, on June 27, 1863, as the veteran 35th Battalion, Virginia Cavalry approached following the … Continue reading

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