Monthly Archives: April 2011

One-tank trips: Cold Harbor Battlefield Park

“Grant the Butcher.” It was a derisive sobriquet that Union general Ulysses S. Grant would long regret. Beginning on May 31, 1864, and continuing through June 12, Grant’s Army of the Potomac squared off with Robert E. Lee’s Confederate Army … Continue reading

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CWT targeting preserving important sections of Cold Harbor and Gaines Mill battlefields

The Watt House is preserved on a section of the old Gaines Mill battlefield from the Civil War’s 1862 Peninsula Campaign. Photograph by Dr. Thomas M. Mingus, March 29, 2011. Recently I toured the Gaines Mill and Cold Harbor battlefields … Continue reading

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5th New York Cavalry’s chaplain recounts the fight at Hanover, Pa.

“The Picket,” a Civil War monument in downtown Hanover, Pennsylvania, commemorates the June 30, 1863, Battle of Hanover during the Gettysburg Campaign. This now little remembered fight significantly delayed Confederate general J.E.B. Stuart from his quest to rendezvous with the … Continue reading

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Wrightsville merchant sued insurance company for losses from fire

Civil War artist Bradley Schmehl painted this impressive depiction of the Columbia Bridge on fire on Sunday evening, June 28, 1863, as retreating Union militia cross into Lancaster County. Under orders from the army officers, a work crew of civilian … Continue reading

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One-tank trips: Hollywood Cemetery – Part 2

Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia, is the final resting place of more than 18,000 Confederate soldiers from the Civil War, including 25 generals and President Jefferson Davis. Opened in 1849, the cemetery also holds the remains of many of Richmond’s … Continue reading

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York Countians open homes to ill soldiers – Series, Part 4

This old Civil War statue stands in Fultonham Cemetery in Fultonham, Ohio. Dedicated to the *Grand Army of the Republic’s veterans of that part of Muskingum County, Ohio, it stands watch over several generations of blogger Scott Mingus’s family, including … Continue reading

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One-tank trips: Doylestown, Pennsylvania

Most small towns in the North have an old Civil War statue or monument in the town square or some other prominent place. These were mostly installed and dedicated in the late 19th century to honor local veterans, and were … Continue reading

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New book: John Brown’s War Against Slavery

In a recent post, I recounted the tale of Osborne Perry Anderson, one of abolitionist John Brown’s followers during his ill-fated October 1859 raid on Harpers Ferry, Virginia (now West Virginia). Cambridge University Press has just released a new book … Continue reading

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Civil War Voices: Osborne Perry Anderson, Harpers Ferry raider

Tourists wander through the streets of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, in this April 2011 photograph by Scott Mingus for the York Daily Record’s Cannonball blog. Osborne Perry Anderson has a unique claim to fame as the only African-American member of … Continue reading

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Civil War Voices: Part 3 – ‘A fearful event took place at Baltimore’ – Series

- Excerpted from ‘Civil War Voices from York County’ On April 20, 1861, Robert E. Lee resigned from the U.S. Army. He traveled to Richmond, Va., where he accepted command of the state’s military forces. That same day, the Rev. … Continue reading

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