Monthly Archives: July 2010

Hanover Militia Company Fights at Witmer Farm, Part 2

The boys from Hanover, PA, arrived via train in downtown Harrisburg. They joined thousands of eager volunteers who milled about the city while awaiting instructions from military and civil authorities. Confusion reigned, as no one was certain if they would … Continue reading

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Hanover Militia Company Fights at Witmer Farm, Part 1

Centre Square in Hanover, PA in 1863. Photographed from a wayside marker in Hanover. Original in the collection of the Hanover Historical Society, Pennsylvania Room. In mid-June 1863, news arrived in Hanover in southwestern York County PA that parts of … Continue reading

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Gettysburg’s East Cavalry Field – random photos 7/24/10

This past Saturday, I visited the East Cavalry Field at Gettysburg National Military Park. It was a beastly hot forenoon, so I didn’t do as much tramping as I would have liked. As a result I did not get to … Continue reading

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The first telegraph message after the Battle of Gettysburg

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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Unexploded artillery shell from Battle of Hanover dug up in 1920

Kansas City Star, September 12, 1920. Courtesy of newsinhistory.com Here is a news article from 1920 discussing an artillery shell dating from the 1863 Battle of Hanover during the Gettysburg Campaign. Union forces under H. Judson Kilpatrick battled J.E.B. Stuart‘s … Continue reading

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John A. Weakley, Hospital Steward, 87th PA Volunteer Infantry to speak at York CWRT on July 21

Typical Civil War hospital.Courtesy of the Library of Congress. John H. Ream III will be the featured speaker at the monthly meeting of the York CWRT at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 21st. The meeting will be held at the … Continue reading

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USMRR crews repair Hanover Junction bridge destroyed by Virginia cavalry

Detail of a photograph of the hastily repaired bridge over the Codorus Creek at Hanover Junction, Pennsylvania. The original wooden bridge was burned on Saturday, June 27, 1863, by the 35th Battalion, Virginia Cavalry under the command of Lt. Col. … Continue reading

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“Quite unworthy of the occasion” – Chaos at Hanover Junction in November 1863

In mid-November 1863, a reporter for the Philadelphia Public Ledger took the train to Gettysburg to attend the dedication of the new National Cemetery, an event marked by a speech by famed orator Edward Everett and a few remarks by … Continue reading

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Wounded Union soldier repays resident for his kindness during Battle of Hanover

Philadelphia Inquirer,December 27, 1900. Courtesy of newsinhistory.com Here’s an interesting human interest story from early in the 20th Century in which a former New York cavalryman repaid the kindness shown to him by a citizen of Hanover, Pennsylvania, back in … Continue reading

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147 years ago today here in York County PA

Detail from the Virginia Monument at Gettysburg National Military Park. Photo courtesy of Becky and Mike Sterbank. For more of their marvelous photographs, please visit their Flickr site. used by written permission. * JEB Stuart’s cavalry rides from Dover PA … Continue reading

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