Monthly Archives: June 2009

The 20th Maine Infantry visits York County

Background post: The Union V Corps visits southwestern York County (account of the 118th Pennsylvania near Hanover) I am up in upstate Maine on business this week (after a very active Civil War weekend in York County, PA). The weather … Continue reading

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The U.S. Christian Commission tends to the wounded at Hanover Junction following the Battle of Gettysburg

Following the cessation of the fighting at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in early July 1863, a huge issue emerged – how to deal with the thousands of wounded men left behind by the two armies as they left for Maryland and Virginia? … Continue reading

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Gettysburg Campaign cavalry raid marker dedicated in Jefferson, PA

Dawn Roser of the Codorus Valley Area Historical Society unveils the newest Pennsylvania state historical marker, this one in the historic center square of Jefferson in southern York County. The CVAHS and the borough of Jefferson’s combined efforts led to … Continue reading

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“I’d Rather Be Killed Than Called a Coward!” – Medal of Honor winner Matthew Quay

Col. Matthew S. Quay was one of the Civil War heroes from northern York County. Born and raised in Dillsburg, he took command of the 134th Pennsylvania when it was first organized in August 1862 at Camp Curtin in Harrisburg. … Continue reading

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Boys from York County fight at Second Winchester

Author Dennis W. Brandt, an expert on the 87th Pennsylvania Infantry, was one of the speakers at the June 25, 2009, Civil War Symposium at York College of Pennsylvania as part of the annual Patriot Days celebration. According to Dennis, … Continue reading

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A Tar Heel cavalryman recalls Stuart’s Ride through York County

This old farm at the intersection of Baker Road and East Berlin Road in West Manchester Township was among the hundreds of similar farms visited by patrols from Confederate Major General J. E. B. Stuart’s cavalry division during its sojourn … Continue reading

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The ONE book you must have on Gettysburg!

There are more than 1,000 books that have been written on the Battle of Gettysburg, the majority (including my three) in the past 20-30 years. Yet, there remains a strong market for new material on the battle and campaign, or … Continue reading

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The daring escape of a teenaged Rebel soldier with York County ties

The Stouffer name (in various spellings) is well established and well known within York County, Pennsylvania, particularly with the Stauffer cookie and cracker company, as well as a popular local grocery store. The rosters of Civil War soldiers by that … Continue reading

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Another colorful collectible: Civil War postcards

As a scientist in the paper and printing industry, I have always had an attraction to colorfully printed vintage examples of the art of lithography. In particular, I used to collect old baseball cards, advertising pieces, sales promotional cards, Sunday … Continue reading

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A colorful collectible: Civil War cigar boxes

During the latter half of the 19th century, the U.S. cigarmaking industry flourished (including here in York County where more than 100 separate small factories or shops turned out rolled cigars for sale across the region). Competition between brands was … Continue reading

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