Monthly Archives: March 2012

Noted Military Historian Carol Reardon at April 20 Harrisburg Civil War Round Table

Dr. Carol Reardon will speak on “Beyond Jomini: Military Thought in the North During the Civil War” at the Friday, April 20 meeting of the Harrisburg Civil War Round Table. The talk draws upon her most recent book, With a … Continue reading

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Baltimore sued Northern Central Railway for selling ticket to runaway slave: Part 2

A previous post explored a controversial May 1855 situation in Hanover, Pennsylvania, when a railroad ticket agent sold a ticket to a young black man, despite protests from white onlookers that the man and his two companions in reality were … Continue reading

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Baltimore sued Northern Central Railway for selling ticket to runaway slave: Part 1

The laws of Maryland prohibited aiding or assisting a runaway slave in any manner. The Federal Fugitive Slave law reinforced these regulations, and being caught helping a fugitive became a serious offense which could lead to prison and/or fines. The … Continue reading

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Double agent claimed Southern spy brought recruits to join Rebels at Hanover Junction

Hanover Junction, Pennsylvania, is a popular destination for hikers and bikers using the Heritage Rail Trail. The old depot (left) has been restored to its Civil War appearance and houses a small museum. To the right is the old wartime … Continue reading

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Change of venue for York CWRT mtg. on Mar. 21, 2012 – Battle of Pea Ridge

The York Civil War Round Table will hold its monthly meeting on Wednesday, March 21, 2012, at the Agricultural & Industrial Museum which is located at 217 W. Princess¬† St. in downtown York, Pennsylvania. The meeting will start at 7:15 … Continue reading

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Rebel lieutenant led raiding party near Locust Grove in Windsor Township

On June 29, 1863, a Confederate raiding party scoured the countryside between the York-Wrightsville Turnpike (later known as the Lincoln Highway and today’s Route 462) and E. Prospect Road (today’s Route 124). They seized all the remaining horses in the … Continue reading

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3D photo of Hanover Junction during the Civil War

Recently I posted photos of Hanover Junction, Pennsylvania, from the collection of the Library of Congress. Many of these images were originally halves of stereoscopic photos taken with a stereo camera. Cannonball reader Hillary Hess went into the LoC digital … Continue reading

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Rebels destroyed Federal ironclad railcar at York

The Northern Central Railway suffered significant damage during the June 1863 Confederate raid into York County, Pennsylvania. The NCRW ran from Baltimore northward to York and Harrisburg, with connecting lines stretching well into upstate New York. Typical cargoes included coal, … Continue reading

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Did a decision at Davidsburg influence the Gettysburg Campaign?

On June 30, 1863, twin columns of powerful Confederate troops marched through York County, Pennsylvania, during the Gettysburg Campaign. Major General Jubal A. Early’s 5,500-man division of infantry and artillery, supported by two cavalry commands, departed York very early in … Continue reading

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1879 lithograph shows York 16 years after the Rebel invasion

This detail from a colorful lithograph published by A Hoen & Co. of Baltimore in 1879 depicts many of the same buildings in downtown York which would have been familiar to the residents during the Civil War, as well as … Continue reading

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