Monthly Archives: June 2013

150 years ago today in York County, Pa.: June 29, 1863: In the grips of the Rebels

This excerpt from the 1860 Shearer & Lake map of York County, Pennsylvania, shows the extent of downtown York at the start of the American Civil War. (The image of the old map is courtesy of the Pennsylvania State Archives). … Continue reading

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150 years ago today in York County, Pa.: June 28, 1863: “The dogs of war” arrive

Sunday, June 28, 1863, proved to be one of the most traumatic days in the history of York, Pa. For on that cloudy, overcast day, more than 6,000 enemy soldiers passed through or occupied the town and its environs. Four … Continue reading

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150 years ago today: June 27, 1863: Part 2: Telegraph announces the Rebels’ arrival

Daniel Trone, the young telegrapher at the railway station in Hanover, Pa., used this telegraph key to tap out the first message that the Confederates had arrived in York County. This old key is now in the collection of the … Continue reading

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150 years ago today in York County, Pa.: June 27, 1863: “The Confederates are here…”

“The Confederates are here and I guess I will pull up.” With those brief words tapped out via telegraph from the railway station in Hanover, Pennsylvania, young telegrapher Daniel Trone relayed the message that after days of anxiety and rumors, … Continue reading

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150 years ago today: Hanover militiamen fight at Gettysburg; soldiers retreat to York

On a rainy, dreary Friday, June 26, 1863, the bulk of the 26th Pennsylvania Volunteer Militia (numbering more than 700 men) arrived in Gettysburg via rail. They paraded through the streets and marched some three miles west of town along … Continue reading

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150 years ago today: Nerves are on edge… are the Rebels coming?

On Thursday, June 25, 1863, the gravel turnpike from Gettysburg through York to Wrightsville became a highway to perceived safety for what has been described as thousands of terrifiedĀ  refugees from Franklin County and to a lesser extent Adams County. … Continue reading

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150 years ago today in York County, Pa.: Rumors that the Rebels are coming!

On Wednesday, June 24, 1863, this fine old hotel on West Market Street in downtown York (the National Hotel) was the headquarters for Colonel William B. Thomas, the commander of the 20th Pennsylvania Volunteer Militia. Thomas, an early backer of … Continue reading

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150 years ago today: Jubal Early enters Pennsylvania – his destination will be York County

Long lines of soldiers wearing gray and butternut stretch out for miles along what is today Maryland Route 64, the Smithsburg Pike. They are headed apparently for Waynesboro, a small village only a few miles into southern Pennsylvania. Civilian scouts … Continue reading

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150 years ago today: The 87th Pennsylvania regroups in Bloody Run, Pa. after the disaster at Carter’s Woods

The 87th Pennsylvania Infantry, which hailed primarily from York and Adams counties, had suffered through the disastrous defeat at the battle of Carter’s Woods on June 15, 1863, north of Winchester, Va. The regiment had splintered into separate pieces in … Continue reading

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The York Civil War Round Table Commemorates the 150th Anniversary of the Confederate Occupation of York

York County Civil War authors Scott Mingus and Jim McClure are shown here in this May 2013 book signing in Loganville, Pa. The York Civil War Round Table proudly presents historians and authors Scott Mingus, Sr. and Jim McClure speaking … Continue reading

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