Monthly Archives: November 2010

The Rebel Entry into York, Pa. in Miniature – Part 2

The head of Brig. Gen. John B. Gordon’s brigade of Confederate infantry filed four across into downtown York, Pa. about 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, June 28, 1863. York would be the largest Northern town to fall to the Rebels during … Continue reading

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The Rebel Entry into York, Pa. in Miniature- Part 1

It is 9:30 a.m. on a bright, sunny Sunday morning, June 28, 1863. Nearly 2,000 Confederate infantrymen are approaching the town of York, Pennsylvania, a bustling crossroads borough of some 8,600 people. The Rebels are the vanguard of Maj. Gen. … Continue reading

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Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation – still true for today!

Happy Thanksgiving, Cannonball readers! I thought it would be appropriate to reprint the proclamation that Lincoln penned on October 3, 1863, declaring the last Thursday of November as a formal “day of thanksgiving” for America. He traveled to Gettysburg on … Continue reading

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Pennsylvania Civil War Trails markers in downtown York – Part 2

York, Pennsylvania, was the largest town north of the Mason-Dixon Line to be occupied by Confederates during the American Civil War. Although larger cities such as Cincinnati and Harrisburg were threatened, they did not see Southern battle flags waving in … Continue reading

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Book Signing at Civil War and More in Mechanicsburg

Jim Schmick of Civil War and More, a fine Civil War bookstore in Mechanicsburg, Pa., is hosting an interesting book signing with three excellent authors. If you collect Civil War books or want to give a Christmas gift to that … Continue reading

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“Fulton’s Folly” changed transportation (and warfare)

I grew up in East Fultonham, Ohio, a quiet lakeside community nestled in the rolling hills of Muskingum County less than fifteen miles from Zanesville. The town is one of dozens across the country named in honor of Robert Fulton, … Continue reading

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Hanover woman covered the Gettysburg Address for her mom’s newspaper

Crowds begin to gather along the Baltimore Pike just south of Gettysburg, Pa., on November 19, 1863, in anticipation of the parade of celebrities, dignitaries, and military units and bands that will march to the dedication ceremonies for the new … Continue reading

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New book filled with fresh, new human interest stories!

As the 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War approaches in 2011, author James McClure and I have been collecting, editing, and assembling more than 100 human interest stories from York County, Pennsylvania, from the Civil War era. For many … Continue reading

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Old diary from Yorker in the 3rd PA Heavy Artillery

Alfred S. Bond had been drafted into the 166th Pennsylvania Drafted Militia in 1863. When his term of enlistment expired, he volunteered for the 3rd Pennsylvania Heavy Artillery (shown above at Fort Monroe, Va., in this old photo from the … Continue reading

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Pennsylvania Civil War Trails markers in downtown York – Part 1

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has been installing wayside markers and road signs throughout much of south-central Pennsylvania to commemorate the regional events, people, and places associated with the American Civil War. This is part of a coordinated publicity and heritage … Continue reading

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