Monthly Archives: April 2009

Col. William Wesley Jennings, 26th Pennsylvania Volunteer Militia

Col. William W. Jennings commanded the 26th Pennsylvania Volunteer Militia, the regiment sent to defend Gettysburg on June 23 — he and his men were delayed from reaching the town because of a cow – train accident west of New … Continue reading

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Louisiana Tigers book update

Many of you have asked about the status of my upcoming book on the Louisiana Tigers in the Gettysburg Campaign. LSU Press sent me word that the book is now at the typesetter and I should expect galley proofs about … Continue reading

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In the Footsteps of J.E.B. Stuart: Rebels Ride from Hanover, Part 2

Background post: Rebels Ride from Hanover, Part 1 As some of J.E.B. Stuart’s Confederate cavalrymen escorted 125 captured Union supply wagons across Fairview Road south of Hanover, Pennsylvania, following the Battle of Hanover, outriders and foraging patrols frequently raided the … Continue reading

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In the Footsteps of J.E.B. Stuart: Rebels Ride from Hanover

The Joseph Arnold farm south of Hanover, Pennsylvania, was astride Fairview Road, one of the main routes for the Confederate cavalry to leave the area during the Battle of Hanover. It was the hot, humid afternoon of Tuesday, June 30, … Continue reading

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Bessie becomes beefsteak

Old railroad bed and culvert over Swift Run near New Oxford along Route 30 six miles east of Gettysburg. One of the frequent problems for railroaders in the 19th century was the very distinct possibility of collisions with wildlife, and, … Continue reading

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Dillsburg’s postmaster chronicles the Rebel invasion

Early 20th century view of downtown Dillsburg, Pennsylvania, looking up Baltimore Street, the town’s main street. A. N. Eslinger’s post office and store were on the east side of the street in the middle of the block as one walked … Continue reading

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In the Footsteps of J.E.B. Stuart: Dillsburg merchants robbed

Dill’s Tavern has been patiently and accurately restored by volunteers from the Northern York County Historical and Preservation Society (NYCHAPS). Background post: In the Footsteps of J.E.B. Stuart: Dillsburg Stuart’s cavaliers rested in Dillsburg before he ordered Fitzhugh Lee‘s column … Continue reading

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In the Footsteps of J.E.B. Stuart: Dillsburg

Photo by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. See his other pictures and text. Dillsburg, Pennsylvania, is the principal town in Carroll Township in northwestern York County, Pennsylvania. Irish-born Matthew Dill settled there in 1740 on a 504-acre tract, raised a … Continue reading

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Pennsylvania frontier fort highlights History Meets the Arts festival

Living history buffs construct a mock frontier settlement in Gettysburg during the 2009 History Meets the Arts spring festival. An area of increasing interest to me is Pennsylvania’s history of border wars between the Native Americans who inhabited the state … Continue reading

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Old Gettysburg Visitors Center demolished

The old Gettysburg Visitors Center / Rosensteel Museum has been demolished and clean up efforts are now underway. Here are a couple of photographs I took today when my grandson and I drove past the site after visiting the annual … Continue reading

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