Monthly Archives: January 2010

Black History Month: A runaway slave’s flight through Hanover, Pennsylvania

Long-time Cannonball reader and contributor Bob Resig recently made me aware of the fascinating story of Caroline Hammond, an escaped slave from Baltimore, Maryland, who furtively passed through Hanover, Pennsylvania, on her way to safety via the Underground Railroad. A … Continue reading

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Oral tradition: Civil War stories from York County, Pa: Part 2

1862 recruiting poster from York County, Pennsylvania. The county, despite having a strong Democratic leaning, furnished its full quota of soldiers for what some saw as a Republican war. Throughout 2010, I will present a series of entries on the … Continue reading

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Oral tradition: Civil War stories from York County, Pa: Part 1

J.E.B. Stuart and staff, The Illustrated London News, October 4, 1862. I have been fortunate this past year to speak at more than a dozen historical societies, Civil War interest groups, Lions Clubs, Rotary Clubs, etc. here in York County, … Continue reading

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General Gordon’s two speeches in downtown York

The Lafayette Club is an institution in downtown York. The private club boasts some of the best food in the region for special events. The clubhouse is across the street from the Yorktowne Hotel on East Market Street. Background post: … Continue reading

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A Civil War murder mystery in the Mount Wolf area

Photo taken at Prospect Hill Cemetery 1/19/2010 by Scott L. Mingus, Sr. In past blog entries, I have briefly presented a couple of mysterious Civil War murders here in York County, Pennsylvania, including that of Charles Brown, a young Confederate … Continue reading

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In the Footsteps of J.E.B. Stuart: The 9th Virginia Cavalry in York County PA

Phaeton carriage, c. 1860 at Ellwood House, DeKalb, Illinois. The 9th Virginia accosted a York County, PA army surgeon somewhere north of Dover, PA and took his fancy buggy and a pair of horses. The Rebels took the carriage all … Continue reading

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A murder in Warrington Township

Modern view of Conewago Creek just west of the old Detter’s Mill (Emig’s Mill during the Civil War). Just out of view is the creek’s confluence with Bermudian Creek. A Rebel raiding party operated in this region during the Gettysburg … Continue reading

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York CWRT to feature Bruce Liddic discussing George Armstrong Custer

Brig. Gen. George Armstrong Custer of New Rumley, Ohio and Monroe, Michigan. Courtesy of the Library of Congress. The York Civil War Round Table will feature author Bruce R. Liddic at its monthly meeting on January 20, 2010. The topic … Continue reading

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A Letter from Camp Scott (York, Pa.) – May 4, 1861

Pennsylvania and Ohio troops at Camp Scott in York, Pa. – May 25, 1861 (Harper’s Weekly) Background post: “A Perfect Storm of Flowers“ In mid-April 1861, significant numbers of newly raised Union volunteer troops organized and trained at Camp Scott … Continue reading

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The Most Expensive Horse in York County, PA????

Engraving of the famed thoroughbred racehorse “Sir Archy” (1803-1833) from volume one of Frank Forester’s Horse and Horsemanship of the United States, published in 1857. Public domain image. A namesake horse was stolen by Rebel raiders in York County, Pennsylvania … Continue reading

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