Monthly Archives: October 2009

Our Civil War Heritage: Aaron Barnhill, 141st Ohio Volunteer Infantry

My cousin’s daughter sent me this cool old family portrait taken in the decade or so after the Civil War. This is the Barnhill clan, and the seated woman is my great-great-grandmother, Eliza Jane (Keegan) Barnhill. My great-grandmother Susan Barnhill … Continue reading

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Lincoln’s funeral train passed through York County

The assassination of President Abraham Lincoln stunned the residents of York County, Pennsylvania, despite the fact that most voters had twice cast their ballots for the Democratic opposition candidate in the elections of 1860 and 1864. Political differences were set … Continue reading

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Spring Grove paper mill got its start because of the Battle of Gettysburg

Glatfelter is a $1.3 billion global paper company headquartered in York, Pennsylvania. The company now operates paper mills and paper converting facilities in Ohio and Pennsylvania, as well as in Germany, France, England, Wales, and the Philippines. The company traces … Continue reading

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“Lincoln at Gettysburg” topic at Harrisburg Civil War Round Table on Nov. 20

“How Lincoln Came to Be ‘Under God’ at Gettysburg” is the topic for the November 20 meeting of the Harrisburg Civil War Round Table. Charles Teague, a seasonal Ranger at Gettysburg National Military Park, will explore how the President, who … Continue reading

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FREE Civil War talk in Emigsville: “Jubal Early invades Manchester Township”

Major General Jubal Anderson Early, CSA, commanded the division of infantry and cavalry that devastated much of Manchester Township in central York County, Pennsylvania in the days immediately before the Battle of Gettysburg. (Library of Congress) Manchester Township Civil War … Continue reading

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Gettysburg Militaria, Relics, and Book Show

Twice a year Gettysburg’s All-Star Sports Complex on Emmitsburg Road hosts the Gettysburg Militaria, Relics, and Book Show, an event that usually is packed with all sorts of interesting Civil War artifacts. As usual, I perused the tables looking for … Continue reading

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Lonely Confederate grave alongside the Susquehanna River in Hellam Township

Headstone erected in 1988 to mark the approximate spot of an earlier grave of a Confederate soldier who perished in the June 1863 Gettysburg Campaign. 2006 photo by Dr. Thomas M. Mingus, Civil War historian and author from Manchester Township, … Continue reading

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York County Soldiers: Pvt. Samuel Fitz

Mt. Olivet Cemetery sprawls on a hilltop southeast of Hanover, Pennsylvania in extreme southern York County. During the Civil War, it was of course much smaller than today, and the heights became a platform for Confederate horse artillery during the … Continue reading

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Dillsburg deserter conspired with the Confederates during the Gettysburg Campaign

Franklin Repository, Mar 9, 1864. Isaac Fishel was born in Dillsburg in northwestern York County, Pennsylvania. A Lutheran in his religious convictions, he married Leah “Muzzie” Wolf and they eventually raised a family of nine children on his prosperous farm … Continue reading

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Historic ex-hotel in Hanover hosted Union high command

In 1863, this brick building in downtown Hanover, Pennsylvania, was the Central Hotel. It served as the nerve center for Union cavalry under Brigadier General Hugh Judson Kilpatrick during and after the Battle of Hanover. Thousands of cars and trucks … Continue reading

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