Monthly Archives: February 2011

“Preserving Gettysburg’s Monuments” at March Harrisburg Civil War Round Table

“To Preserve and Protect: Civil War Monuments and Artillery at Gettysburg” will be the topic at the Harrisburg Civil War Round Table on Friday, March 25. The speaker is Victor C. Gavin, former chief of monument preservation at the Gettysburg … Continue reading

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Road trip: Sculptor Alan Cottrill, Zanesville, Ohio

One of the guys from my old high school has become a world class sculptor, with a studio in downtown Zanesville, Ohio. Alan Cottrill specializes in historical topics, including the Civil War and World War II. I stopped by on … Continue reading

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Last York County American Revolution vet died during the Civil War

While the Civil War raged almost 150 years ago, in some towns aged veterans of the American Revolution still were alive. In York, Pennsylvania, these old soldiers included John Pennel, who back in 1776-77 had sailed under famed Admiral John … Continue reading

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Railroad to Gettysburg mocked for its slowness and poor condition

A steam locomotive sits on the Hanover Branch Railroad at Hanover Junction, Pennsylvania, in November 1863. Some postulate the tall fellow to the right in front of the white window with the stovepipe hat is President Abraham Lincoln; others believe … Continue reading

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York soldier describes the bitter fighting at Antietam’s Sunken Road

The Sunken Road at Antietam. Part of the Union II Corps attacked this position, while the rest stormed Confederate positions at the West Woods and Dunker Church. Photos by Scott Mingus Sr. The 130th Pennsylvania contained several companies raised in … Continue reading

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National Park Service studies Little Round Top usage

Little Round Top at Gettysburg National Military Park is shown in this February 12, 2011, photograph. Little Round Top is one of the most popular destination for tourists and history buffs, a spot made more popular through the popular media … Continue reading

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An 1873 postwar journey through York County

In July1873 the editor of The Gardener’s Monthly magazine and a party of his companions traveled via train from New York City to Philadelphia, and from there through Lancaster and York counties down to Baltimore and Washington D.C. The total … Continue reading

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Gettysburg tree-cutting photos: Part 2

I have long anticipated the tree-cutting at Spangler’s Meadow near Culp’s Hill at the Gettysburg National Military Park. Here are some photos taken February 12, 2011.

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Gettysburg tree-cutting photos: Part 1

The National Park Service continues to rehabilitate the Gettysburg National Military Park by planting acres of fruit trees in locations throughout the battlefield where orchards existed in 1863. The plan also involves restoring historic fence lines and fields, including removing … Continue reading

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Flames Beyond Gettysburg book signing at the York Emporium Feb. 27

Cartons of the new Savas Beatie edition of Flames Beyond Gettysburg: The Confederate Expedition to the Susquehanna River, June 1863 have arrived at the York Emporium in York, Pa. Author Scott L. Mingus Sr. will be signing copies of the … Continue reading

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