Monthly Archives: July 2012

Landis Valley Museum in Lancaster County, Pa., hosts Civil War Days: Part 1

I was invited to speak at the two-day Civil War Days event in Lancaster County at Landis Valley Museum. Among the other speakers was fellow York County author Glen Banner, who presented a talk on the burning of the Columbia … Continue reading

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Camp Freedom near Shrewsbury was a Union army campsite & pre-war Methodist camp meeting site

In the early and mid-19th century, this grove of trees (now a modern housing development) was Lowe’s Camp Ground, a very popular gathering place along the Susquehanna Trail just south of Shrewsbury, Pennsylvania, on the highway between Baltimore, Md., and … Continue reading

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Gettysburg hotel was Union headquarters for the defense of Adams and York counties during the 1863 campaign

Today in the town of Gettysburg, a 7-11 convenience store and its parking lot occupies the northeast corner of the intersection of Chambersburg Street (US Route 30) and Washington Street. Back in the 19th century, however, this was the location … Continue reading

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Glen Rock to host free talk on the Rebel invasion and the railroads in York County, Pa.

The Glen Rock Historic Preservation Society will present author and lecturer Scott L. Mingus, Sr. at its Tuesday, July 24, 2012, monthly meeting. Mingus, the author of ten books on the American Civil War, will present a PowerPoint presentation on … Continue reading

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Rebels en route to Wrightsville stole horses from farmer Jacob Ruby near Hellam

The old stone house shown above sits on the south side of State Route 462 just east of Hellam, Pennsylvania, in eastern York County. Hundreds of cars drive past it every day. Back on June 28, 1863, more than a … Continue reading

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One-tank roadtrip: Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania hosts special Civil War exhibit

The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, located in Strasburg in east-central Lancaster County, has the largest collection of vintage Pennsylvania Railroad locomotives and rolling stock in the country. Located across the street from the historic Strasburg Railroad, which runs excursions with … Continue reading

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New book details Britain’s crucial role in the American Civil War

Most Civil War histories make only passing mention of the role that Great Britain and the British people played in the American Civil War, usually referring to the Confederate hope of diplomatic recognition or foreign intervention, the importance of Britain … Continue reading

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Antietam Battlefield Guide Stephen Recker to speak at York CWRT on July 18

Stephen Recker is a collector of rare Antietam photographs and relics. Items from his collection can be seen on battlefield waysides and will soon appear in the newly renovated museum at Antietam National Battlefield, as well as in his upcoming … Continue reading

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The historic old Accomac Inn was Glatz’s Ferry during the Civil War

This idyllic scene from an 1860 Shearer & Lake map depicts Glatz’s Ferry on the Susquehanna River in eastern York County, Pennsylvania, in the years before the Civil War. The ferry crossing dates from colonial days, and the large multistory … Continue reading

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2012 Battle of Hunterstown Commemoration

Steve Alexander, portraying Brig. Gen. George Armstrong Custer, sits on his horse in the old town square of Hunterstown, Pennsylvania. Back on July 2, 1863, Custer’s Michigan cavalry fought Wade Hampton’s Confederates in the Battle of Hunterstown concurrent with the … Continue reading

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