Monthly Archives: July 2009

In the Footsteps of J.E.B. Stuart: Rebels raid farms as they leave Dover

As Major General J.E.B. Stuart’s division of three brigades of Confederate cavalry departed Dover, Pennsylvania, on July 1, 1863, patrols fanned out in a wide swath to acquire fresh horses. More than 700 horses are known to have been taken … Continue reading

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Mount Olivet Cemetery was Confederate gun position during the Battle of Hanover

Mount Olivet Cemetery is at 725 S. Baltimore Street in Hanover, Pennsylvania. Founded in 1859, the cemetery sits atop high ground southeast of downtown, and is a natural gun position from a military perspective. During the afternoon phase of the … Continue reading

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Wounded Ohio soldier witnessed the Gettysburg Address

President Abraham Lincoln (R-Illinois) on the platform before delivering the Gettysburg Address on November 19, 1863, at the dedication of the National Cemetery. In the vast crowd was a wounded Buckeye captain Azor H. Nickerson. National Archives. Background post: Wounded … Continue reading

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Wounded Ohio soldier boards the governor’s special train at Hanover Junction

Dignitaries, politicians, reporters, and soldiers all appear in this November 1863 photograph (courtesy of the Library of Congress). Taken facing north at Hanover Junction, Pennsylvania, it shows a part of the crowd that have arrived with Governor Andrew Curtin (R-PA) … Continue reading

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Gettysburg man recounts the bushwhacking of Jubal Early’s division

The historic Cashtown Inn has been restored in the past few decades and, under new management since 2006, is a popular dining spot in the foothills of the South Mountain Range west of Gettysburg. Back in the summer of 1863, … Continue reading

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A Grand Time in Pennsylvania!

James E. B. Brown, CSA Major General, led three brigades of veteran cavalry through southwestern York County after a half-day battle at Hanover. Photo from the Library of Congress. On July 13, 1863, even as Robert E. Lee’s Army of … Continue reading

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York U.S. Army Hospital among the country’s most efficient during Civil War

Wounded men convalescing in the U.S. Army Hospital. YCHT Background posts: Dr Henry Palmer ran York’s U.S. Army Hospital Gettysburg wounded soldiers entrain for York Hospital During the last three years of the American Civil War, the U.S. Army Hospital … Continue reading

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Dr. Henry Palmer ran York’s U.S. Army Hospital during the Civil War

Dr. Henry Palmer played a prominent role in events in York, Pennsylvania, during the Gettysburg Campaign. He helped organize his patients into a fighting force that drilled each day on the hospital grounds. When the Confederates approached York, he hastened … Continue reading

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Northern Central Railway bore the expense to rebuild York County bridges burned by the Rebels

Philadelphia Press, August 6, 1863.

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What are your impressions of the restored Gettysburg Cyclorama?

I have been through the newly restored Gettysburg Cyclorama a few times now. Here are my initial impressions: 1) The recent improvements to the canvas are astounding – curving it the way it was supposed to be viewed, restoring the … Continue reading

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