Civil War graves – Manchester Union Cemetery

Manchester Union Cemetery is at the corner of S.R. 181 (Main Street / known as North George Street Extension south of town toward York) and S.R. 921 (Maple Street) in Manchester, Pennsylvania.
It is one of the oldest cemeteries in the area, with many graves dating back to the early 18th century. Most of these very old headstones are inscribed in German, the prevailing language in the region until much later in the century.
The cemetery spans the history of Manchester (known as Liverpool Post Office during the Civil War), with graves to the modern day in the newer (southern) section.
Several Civil War veterans are buried in Manchester Union Cemetery.
Here are a selected handful of headstones.

George Sipe served as private in Company D of the 103rd Pennsylvania Infantry in the last year of the Civil War. At the age of 19, he enlisted on March 17, 1865, in downtown York. His enrollment data, according to researcher Dennis W. Brandt’s excellent database on the website of the York County Heritage Trust, indicates that he was 5′ 10″ tall, with brown hair and gray eyes.
Two brothers also served in the Union army — Daniel Sipe (166th Pennsylvania and later the 200th Pennsylvania) and John Sipe (45th Pennsylvania). It’s not common to have four different regiments represented in a single family.
Sipe listed his occupation as a laborer; census data indicates his net worth in 1860 as $100, not bad for a young teenager in those days. He was a son of Henry and Elizabeth (Kritzinger) Sipe, and lived most of his post-war life in Manchester before moving to Newberry Township. George Sipe mustered out of the army on June 25, 1865. He died on May 25, 1915.
Manchester Union Cemetery features this impressive monument to veterans of all wars from the region.
George Henry Hoerner enlisted August 9, 1862, at Hummelstown in Company I of the 127th Pennsylvania. The carpenter was 28 at the time he volunteered, with a wife and 7-year-old son David.
George was a native of Dauphin County and served under Col. William Wesley Jennings in the 127th (Jennings would later play a key role in the June 26, 1863, skirmishing near Gettysburg).
Wounded at Fredericksburg, Hoerner recovered and mustered out with his regiment on May 29, 1863.
Emanuel Crone served in two different regiments during the Civil War. The 18-year-old Fairview Township native at the time of the war lived with and/or worked for farmer Moses Driver in that township. Crone was 5′ 6″ tall, with black hair and gray eyes, and was single.
He enlisted on October 18, 1861, in Company I of the 93rd Pennsylvania, but soon suffered from an illness (or injury) of unspecified nature. He received a surgeon’s discharge on October 25, 1862.
Feeling better a couple of years later, Crone enrolled in York on August 13, 1864, in the 200th Pennsylvania and received the rank of corporal in Company B. He survived the Siege of Petersburg and the attack on Fort Stedman which claimed the lives of several York Countians. Crone mustered out with his regiment on May 30, 1865.
After the war he married a woman named Louisa and settled in the Manchester area. He died in the winter of 1897.

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5 Responses to Civil War graves – Manchester Union Cemetery

  1. Michael B. Griffith says:

    I am not sure whether you have since made the connection, but George, Daniel and John Sipe, where all – the three eldest – sons of Henry and Elizabeth (Kretzinger) Sipe. Moreover, a sister, Susan Sipe, later married a son, William Hoerner, of George Henry Hoerner. It gives one an idea of how small a community East Manchester Township was at the time.

  2. Mark Knold says:

    I was born and raised in Manchester. Live in Salt Lake City now. I have a Civil War ancestor buried in the Manchester Cemetary. Name is Jacob S. Craul. He is buried next to my grandfather Wilbert Knaub. Enrolled in 1864 in Company A of the 3rd PA Heavy Artillery. Was stationed in the Norfolk area. Served on the gunboat Jessup. There were so many guys in the heavy artillery that they decided to make an infantry regiment out of the excess. Became the 188th PA and Jacob landed in Company E. That is the PA unit listed on his obelisk. Was at Drewry’s Bluff (Proctor Creek) according to his Civil War records I obtained through the National Archives. Took a gunshot wound to the chest. He survived and lived until 1928. Also have an ancestor from 200th PA Company D (Daniel B. Knaub) buried at Strayers in Dover. He took a gunshot wound to the head right along the left eye. Was laid up for several months in various hospitals, eventually discharged from the hospital at Penn Commons in York. I have a picture of him in his older years. Can see the wound’s effect to his left eye. I believe he is wearing his G.A.R. uniform. He died around 1923. Just bought your new book and am enjoying it. Also enjoyed your Flames book.

  3. Betty Sipe says:

    I grew up in the Mt. Wolf area. I have family buried in the cemetary mentioned in Manchester, but had no idea it also was the burial site for those who had served in the civil war. My married name is Sipe. Seeing this name as one from this article really makes me curious. Could they possibly be my children’s ancesters? We don’t know much of the Sipe family history. I wish I knew how to find out. I don’t even know the names of their great grandparents to begin to look. Thanks for sharing this history of our area. I find it facinating!

    • Scott Mingus says:

      Hello Betty! The best place to start researching the Sipe family history is with the genealogical files at the York County Heritage Trust, 250 E. Market Street, in downtown York. Ask one of the librarians to help you locate any files on the Sipe family.

  4. Several generations of my family are buried there. There are a lot of Smalls (My mothers side). My folks were Morrison’s and they are interred there as well. We will be laying my sister to rest there after Fathers day. She passed away Memorial day weekend. I will have to explore the older part of the cemetery and check out the Civil War graves. I have not been there since we buried my mothers ashes there in 2006.

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