Fame commentator Paul Harvey used to close his popular radio show with the tag line, “And now you know the rest of the story.” Most of us are well aware that York was occupied by Confederate forces during the early summer of 1863, but how many of us know the rest of the story? Come to the York Civil War Round Table’s June 17 meeting to find out!
As a prelude to the annual Patriot Days in York and the Battle of Gettysburg, the York Civil War Round Table has scheduled York native, author and historian, Scott D. Butcher to speak at its June 17th meeting. His PowerPoint presentation is called “York: Prize of the Confederacy.” He includes in his talk the residents of York in June 1863, specific York landmarks, numerous first-person accounts and quotes from both sides and the newspaper headlines from the days of the Confederate occupation.
He is also going to include information he has collected on the Underground Railroad in York County, a topic that has not often been discussed in any detail.
Scott D. Butcher is a lifelong resident of York County and author of Civil War Walking Tour of York, Pennsylvania and the upcoming Gettysburg Perspectives. He has written extensively about York County for visitors and relocation guides, and has authored several local history books including York’s Historic Architecture, York: America’s Historic Crossroads, and Postcard History Series: York. He co-authored Spooky York, Pennsylvania. Additional books include the recently-released Delaware Reflections and Tombstone (AZ) Perspectives, which will be released in 2010.
Scott is active in the community and currently serves on the board of directors of Historic York, Inc. He is a volunteer with the York County Heritage Trust and William C. Goodridge Freedom House Underground Railroad Museum. Previously, he served on the boards of directors of Main Street York, York County Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Leadership York, among others.
Scott helped develop the York story for the Pennsylvania Civil War Trails Program and presented York’s role at the PA Civil War Trails kick-off event at the National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg. He co-created York Patriot Days, a Civil War themed event portraying the Confederate occupation of York. In the process, Scott created and led Civil War walking tours of downtown York and researched and wrote a Civil War drama that portrays the Confederate occupation through first-person, newspaper, and other historic accounts. For local events, he has provided living history interpretation in the character of General John B. Gordon.
Scott has previously presented “York: Prize of the Confederacy” to the Pennsylvania Past Players training program at Harrisburg Area Community College and gave a presentation on Civil War sites in York at the June 2008 York Civil War Round Table as part of a panel discussion with Scott Mingus, Dr. Mark Snell, and June Lloyd.