Monthly Archives: May 2009

Jefferson’s new Civil War marker to be dedicated on Saturday, June 27

The Codorus Valley Area Historical Association has sponsored a project to have Jefferson, Pennsylvania’s Civil War heritage recognized and memorialized by the Pennsylvania Historical Marker Program. The efforts have paid off, and a suitable marker has been cast and painted, … Continue reading

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146th Anniversary Battle Walks at Gettysburg National Military Park

Here is the schedule for the upcoming series of anniversary battlewalks at Gettysburg, which are led by park rangers and generally attract large crowds. Past walks are often shown on Pennsylvania Cable Network, which also sells videos of selected tours. … Continue reading

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The Knights of the Golden Circle: Part 4

Columbia Spy, February 2, 1867

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In the Footsteps of J.E.B. Stuart – the Jacob Deisinger farm in West Manchester Township

Jacob Deisinger, like so many of his fellow farmers in York County, Pennsylvania, during the Civil War had either ignored the repeated warnings in mid-June 1863 that the Confederates were coming, or did not receive them for some reason. Deisinger, … Continue reading

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Contemporary newspaper coverage of the occupation of York

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A local legend – the Andrew J. Menges farm in Jackson Township

This very impressive homestead was in 1863 the Andrew J. Menges farm near Spring Grove, Pennsylvania, in Jackson Township, York County. It’s located on Roth’s Church Road near the modern school complex. It’s just north of the June 27, 1863, … Continue reading

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Confederate campsite: A Rebel general takes a snooze in West Manchester Township

The old Peter Bott, Sr. farm at 141 N. Emig Mill Road in West Manchester Township, York County, Pennsylvania. Bott filed a border claim after the war complaining that a large body of Confederate cavalry briefly camped on his land … Continue reading

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York native served as a Confederate officer

Returning Rebels On Saturday afternoon of last week, says the Hagerstown Herald, two young bloods, named George Shearer and Clakett Fitzhugh, late of the rebel army, drove into Hagerstown in a wagon, and stopped at the City Hotel, where they … Continue reading

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The Knights of the Golden Circle: Part 3

Another picturesque York County farm that was visited by the Confederates during the 1863 Gettysburg Campaign. This particular farm is on Taxville Road near Baker Road in West Manchester Township. The Knights of the Golden Circle operated in this region, … Continue reading

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1863 Washington newspaper recounts outrages Rebels inflicted on York Countians

Confederate cavalrymen stole three horses from this old barn in West Manchester Township on July 1, 1863. Background post: The Knights of the Golden Circle A Washington, D.C. newspaper reporter visited York County and interviewed various farmers to here their … Continue reading

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