Monthly Archives: October 2011

2012 Calendar of Events – Gettysburg National Military Park

Photo taken September 2011 by author / lecturer Scott L. Mingus, Sr. Katie Kawhon, the publicist for the National Park Service’s Gettysburg National Military Park, has announced the tentative schedule of events at the park for 2012. These range from … Continue reading

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“The Maryland Campaign as You’ve Never Heard It Before” at November Harrisburg Civil War Round Table

“The Maryland Campaign as You’ve Never Heard It Before” will be the topic of Dr. Thomas Clemens at the November 18 meeting of the Harrisburg Civil War Round Table. The presentation will focus on post-war letters soldiers wrote about the … Continue reading

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Massachusetts soldier remembers the Fifth Corps’ march through the Hanover area

The Central Hotel in downtown Hanover, Pennsylvania, was a popular stopping place through much of the 19th century. The old building remains in use today, although not as an inn. Thousands of Union soldiers of the Fifth Corps of the … Continue reading

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Union soldier recalls march through Hanover area during Gettysburg Campaign

Post-war view of Hanover’s Centre Square (author’s postcard collection) The Hanover, Pennsylvania, area saw plenty of traffic and action during the Gettysburg Campaign in late June 1863. On June 27, Virginia and Maryland Confederate cavalry under Lt. Col. Elijah V. … Continue reading

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Simon Cameron birthplace – Maytown, PA

Abraham Lincoln has received much praise, particularly in recent years, from historians who have appreciated his ability to form an effective Cabinet with some of the best talent in the country during the Civil War years. This is perhaps best … Continue reading

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Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum: “The War Came by Train” – Part 3

Here is the third and final installment of the series of Cannonball blog posts on the special exhibit “The War Came by Train” currently being shown at the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum in downtown Baltimore, Maryland. My grandfather Harry … Continue reading

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Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum: “The War Came by Train” – Part 2

Here is Part 2 of a series of photographs taken by Scott Mingus in September2011 in Baltimore, Maryland, at the B&O Railroad Museum. This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, a conflict which saw the first mass … Continue reading

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Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum: “The War Came by Train” – Part 1

Each year for my birthday each of my three kids spends time with me, with outings to Strasburg to ride the steam train, major league baseball games, Harpers Ferry, The Naval Museum in Washington, etc. Here are some photos from … Continue reading

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Author Jim Morgan III featured at Oct. 19 meeting of the York Civil War Round Table: 150 year anniversary of the Battle of Ball’s Bluff

Jim Morgan III is one of the most knowledgeable historians on the 1861 Battle of Ball’s Bluff, one of the earlier and most stunning (at the time)  early battles of the Civil War. Union troops, confident of victory, attacked Confederate … Continue reading

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A Confederate voice from the occupation of York, Pa. during the Gettysburg Campaign

On Sunday afternoon, June 28, 1863, Maj. Gen. Jubal Early and more than 5,000 veteran Confederate soldiers occupied central York County, Pennsylvania. Only a few dozen Rebels left written accounts of their time in York. One that did was 25-year-old … Continue reading

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