Monthly Archives: June 2011

Hunterstown PA hosts annual Civil War event and battlefield tour

Authors Steve Stanley (left) and J. David Petruzzi were among the special guests at the annual “Battle of Hunterstown Walking Tour” and associated events held at the historic Tate Farm near the Hunterstown, PA battlefield. Fought on July 2, 1863, … Continue reading

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Battle of Hanover occurred 148 years ago today during Gettysburg Campaign

The old Central Hotel still stands watch over the center square of Hanover, Pennsylvania, a bustling town about 17 miles southeast of Gettysburg. On June 30, 1863, this hotel served as a headquarters for Union Brig. Gen. H. Judson Kilpatrick … Continue reading

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Upcoming Civil War events at the York County Heritage Trust in York, PA

The York County Heritage Trust in downtown York, Pennsylvania, is offering a variety of Civil War-related activities and events during the summer which should attract both locals as well as tourists passing between Lancaster County’s Amish Country to the east … Continue reading

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Columbia Bridge burned 148 years ago today

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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Civil War Voices: Part 11 – Some soldiers forced to serve on both sides of Mason-Dixon

Ovid Pinney “Jerry” Reno served in both the Union and Confederate armies. Born in western Pennsylvania’s Beaver County, he had drifted west in the 1850s to live with an older brother in Kansas. He was a 26-year-old boatman on the … Continue reading

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Custer, killed 135 years ago today, had ties to York County, Pa.

F. Otto Becker’s colorful 1896 lithograph of “Custer’s Last Stand” was widely distributed at the turn of the century at saloons and bars across America by the Anheuser-Busch Company as a promotional giveaway. Copies may still be found occasionally in … Continue reading

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New Virginia website traces ancestors’ movements on Civil War battlefields

A clever new website from the Commonwealth of Virginia allows one to learn about their Civil War ancestors’ regiments and their battles throughout Virginia during the Civil War. I had three great-great-uncles in the 7th West Virginia who fought at … Continue reading

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Loudoun County, VA, Civil War Heritage Highlighted During Sesquicentennial

A Civil War reenactor stands in front of a marker on the Ball’s Bluff Battlefield near Leesburg, Virginia. Civil War 150th Anniversary commemorative events Include a first-ever Ball’s Bluff reenactment, historic exhibits, and more. LOUDOUN, Va. (June 22, 2011)–The year … Continue reading

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Campfire and Battlewalks schedule at Gettysburg National Military Park

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Civil War Voices: Part 11 – Eager volunteer runs away to join 87th Pennsylvania

- Excerpted from ‘Civil War Voices from York County’ In September 1861, recruiters enlisted enough men primarily from York and Adams counties to form a three-year regiment, the 87th Pennsylvania. Seventeen-year-old Henry Schultz was among those eager volunteers. He was … Continue reading

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