Monthly Archives: June 2012

In the Footsteps of J.E.B. Stuart: Smith Road and Blue Hill School Road in Washington Township, York County PA

It is the sunny morning of July 1, 1863. It is already hot, and the morning fog has burned off. For farmers in northwestern York County, Pennsylvania, this will be a day of dismay, and for some, sheer terror. For … Continue reading

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Confederates occupied York 149 years ago today

On Sunday, June 28, 1863, exactly 149 years ago today, Confederate soldiers under Maj. Gen. Jubal A. Early marched into downtown York, Pennsylvania, from the west. The first arrivals came about 10:00 a.m. as many citizens strolled the streets en … Continue reading

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PA Gov. Samuel W. Pennypacker served in 26th Militia during the Gettysburg Campaign

The Civil War monument in the Morris Cemetery in Phoenixville, PA, is near the grave of a former Pennsylvania governor who was a veteran of the Gettysburg Campaign. Until 2011, a bronze statue of a soldier topped this monument until … Continue reading

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Battlefield Photography Topic at York CWRT on June 20

Author Jason Amico will be the featured speaker at the monthly meeting of the York Civil War Round Table on Wednesday, June 20, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. The meeting will be held in the auditorium of the York County Heritage … Continue reading

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Wrightsville’s African Methodist Church — did one of their men perish in a Civil War skirmish during the Gettysburg Campaign?

The local African Methodist Episcopal Church played an important spiritual role in the welfare and family life of black citizens in Wrightsville, Pennsylvania, a small industrial town alongside the Susquehanna River. The red brick building shown above dates from 1891, … Continue reading

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Rebels used Hellam Heights to flank the Yankees and approach the Susquehanna River at Wrightsville

Hellam Heights (foreground) is a long, narrow rise just north and northwest of Wrightsville, Pennsylvania, and between today’s U.S. 30 and Pennsylvania 462 (the Lincoln Highway). Farmland for many generations, the heights provided a convenient way for Confederate Brig. Gen. … Continue reading

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2012 Civil War Reunion at Pennypacker Mills near Schwenksville, Pa.

Pennypacker Mills, a historic estate in rural Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, annually hosts a Civil War Reunion, complete with speakers, sutlers, living history, musicians and bands, children’s activities, period church services, food vendors, tours of the historic 18th century manor house, … Continue reading

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