Monthly Archives: November 2009

York County Civil War Border Claims Database now on-line at YCHT

Joseph Menges lived on this prosperous York County, PA farm during the Civil War. The Franklin Township farmer filed a damage claim for $225 citing the loss of two horses to “Stuart’s Cavalry” during the 1863 Gettysburg Campaign). He lost … Continue reading

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Colonel William B. Thomas commanded York County’s defenses during the Gettysburg Campaign: Part 1

One of the forgotten men of the rich Civil War history of York County, Pennsylvania, is Colonel William Brooke Thomas, the commander of the 20th Pennsylvania Volunteer Militia. Thomas was perhaps the most politically powerful man in uniform here in … Continue reading

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Harrisburg CWRT to feature guest speaker Scott L. Mingus, Sr.

Scott L. Mingus Sr. will discuss his new book, The Louisiana Tigers in the Gettysburg Campaign: June-July 1863, at the December 11 meeting of the Harrisburg Civil War Round Table. One of the fiercest fighting units in the Army of … Continue reading

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An enduring York County tale: Pvt. John Hoffacker

Photo by Harry T. McLin of Hanover PA; courtesy of the excellent on-line Historical Marker Database website (Civil War content edited and maintained by Craig Swain). I have recently been rereading Licensed Battlefield Guide John T. Krepps‘ excellent book A … Continue reading

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J.E.B. Stuart disrupts a York County funeral

Historic Ziegler’s Church Cemetery in southern York County, Pennsylvania, contains the graves of many of the pioneers and early settlers of the Codorus Valley region. Several Civil War veterans are buried here, as well as civilian farmers whose lives were … Continue reading

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Gettysburg 2009 Remembrance Day Parade – Part 2

Background Post: Gettysburg 2009 Remembrance Day Parade – Part 1 Here is the second installment of some of the photographs I took at the November 21 reenactors parade in downtown Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, as part of the 2009 Remembrance Day celebration.

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Gettysburg 2009 Remembrance Day Parade – Part 1

My son Tom, grandson Tristan, and I watched the annual Remembrance Day Parade in downtown Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, today. As usual, we watched from the vicinity of Gettysburg Miniature Soldiers, this time on a park bench at the neighboring reenactors supply … Continue reading

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2010 Schedule for the York Civil War Round Table

The York Civil War Round Table is a non-profit organization that seeks to promote, interpret, preserve, and protect the Civil War heritage of York County, Pennsylvania, through the education and exchange of information with its members and the general public. … Continue reading

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Wrightsville “Farthest East” Monument Dedicated on July 4, 1900

Photos courtesy of Bobby Housch and the popular Gettysburg Daily blog. Taken in September 2009 with Scott Mingus while videotaping a tour of Wrightsville’s Civil War heritage. This impressive old Civil War memorial has stood for more than a century … Continue reading

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York County regiments: The 130th Pennsylvania and Colonel Levi Maish

Recruiting poster for the 130th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, which was raised in York County in the southern tier of the Commonwealth bordering the Mason-Dixon line. Courtesy of the Library of Congress, which has this original broadside poster. One wonders … Continue reading

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