Monthly Archives: January 2011

York’s last 19th century mayor was Civil War veteran

North George Street and the Centre Square of York, Pennsylvania, during the Civil War years. Author’s collection. Frank Geise was the last mayor of York, Pa. during the 19th century. Borough wide voting on February 21, 1899, gave him the … Continue reading

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Upcoming area Civil War events – Feb. 2011

Gettysburg photo courtesy of Becky Sterbank. Used by written permission. Feb. 5 – Lecture, “Gettysburg Viewed Through a Kaleidoscope of Historical Lenses,” at the Gettysburg National Military Park visitor center. 1:30 pm. Free. www.nps.gov/gett or call 717-334-1124 extension 8023. Feb. … Continue reading

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Pennsylvania State Archives a treasure trove of Civil War material

Civil War soldiers from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (State Archives, Harrisburg, MG-218 – General Photograph Collection) Often during the past few winters I have spent many relaxing hours perusing the collections of the U.S. Army Military History Institute in Carlisle, … Continue reading

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York County soldiers: Pvt. George Berkheimer

George Berkheimer was just one of more than 11,000 men in York County, Pennsylvania, who served in the Union army during the American Civil War. His regiment, the 187 the Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, served in the Army of the Potomac … Continue reading

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Battle of Chantilly at February Harrisburg Civil War Round Table

Augustus Tholey’s 19th century color lithograph “General Kearney’s gallant charge”, published by John Smith, 804 Market St, Philadelphia. From the Library of Congress. “Lightning in the Storm: The Battle of Chantilly” will be the subject of Jack C. Thomas‘ talk … Continue reading

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Famed Maryland saddle designer arrested in Hanover as Confederate courier

Military officer Walter H. Jenifer of Baltimore, Md., designed a type of saddle which sold well to both the Confederate and Union armies. However, it proved quite uncomfortable and was not easily adaptable. This image is from The Civil War … Continue reading

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Cannonball named one of the 30 Best Civil War blogs!

We at Cannonball are thankful and appreciative of making this august list considering how many blogs are out there. We thank the York Daily Record for making this site possible, and to Jim McClure and Scott Fisher for originally suggesting … Continue reading

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York County Soldiers: Maj. Alfred E. Lewis

Major Alfred E. Lewis, a pre-war attorney from York, Pennsylvania. Throughout 2011 we will occasionally present photos and biographies of Civil War soldiers born in or otherwise associated with York County, Pennsylvania. Here is the first entry of the series, … Continue reading

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2011 schedule – York Civil War Round Table

The York Civil War Round Table charges no annual dues and admission to each meeting is free and open to the public. Meetings are the third Wednesday of every month except for December and are held at 7:00 p.m. in … Continue reading

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Southern Lady, Union Spy Elizabeth Van Lew to appear at York CWRT meeting

The York Civil War Round Table will feature living historian Suzanne Doucette portraying in first person “Elizabeth Van Lew, Civil War spy” at its monthly meeting on Wednesday, January 19, 2011. Elizabeth Van Lew was a well-born resident of Richmond, … Continue reading

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