Monthly Archives: October 2013

U.S. Committee on War Claims denied Wrightsville residents’ Federal claims

Several residents of Wrightsville, Pennsylvania, filed damage claims following the Civil War for the loss of their homes, businesses, and shops caused when the riverfront area caught fire from flaming embers from the burning of the covered bridge (it had … Continue reading

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New Cooper Wingert book has essays on Dick Ewell at Carlisle

Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, played a key role in the 1863 Gettysburg Campaign. As with neighboring York County, its strategic importance to Confederate military movements has been downplayed somewhat over the years as the focal shifted to Adams County and the … Continue reading

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Gettysburg Prescribed Fire Planned for October 30

Gettysburg National Military Park will use a technique known as a prescribed fire on October 3 to try to control the growth of invasive species and undesired woody shrubs in designated areas. It’s a control plan successfully used at Antietam … Continue reading

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Hanover veteran fought at the battle of Gettysburg; supposedly only man from the town to do so

Hanover, Pennsylvania, played in interesting role in the Gettysburg Campaign. Dozens of men from the town and surrounding countryside enrolled in the 26th Pennsylvania Volunteer Militia, one of the emergency regiments raised to try to delay the Rebel invaders until … Continue reading

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Gettysburg Seminary Ridge Museum finalist for international travel award

Gettysburg, Pa. (October 22, 2013) — The British Guild of Travel Writers has selected the Gettysburg Seminary Ridge Museum as one of only three finalists in the world for its Best Wider World Project award, which honors new attractions  outside … Continue reading

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Steam into History offering special weekend train excursions

Steam into History came into being from a vision and dream from a group of York County investors, most notably the late William H. Simpson. Throughout the 19th and early 20th century, the Northern Central Railway transported tens of thousands … Continue reading

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Smithsonian Civil War collection featured in new book

While the public unfortunately cannot currently enter the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., because of the government shutdown, some of their extensive holdings of Civil War relics, artifacts, letters, uniforms, photographs, and ephemera can be viewed in a fascinating new … Continue reading

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Penn State’s Beaver Stadium named for Civil War general

Beaver Stadium. Happy Valley. We are… Penn State. JoePa. Names and terms most Pennsylvanians are very familiar with, at least in the context of Saturday afternoons in State College. But, did you know that Beaver Stadium is named for a … Continue reading

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Columbia soldiers complained about conditions at early war Camp Scott

This illustration shows Camp Scott at the old York Agricultural Fairgrounds in York, Pennsylvania. Very early in the Civil War, Federal authorities converted the fairgrounds into an army base named for commander-in-chief Winfield Scott. Spring rains soon transformed the camp, … Continue reading

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Thomas Welsh Symposium set for Columbia PA on Oct. 19

Rick Wiggin is a descendant of Union general Thomas Welsh, who led a brigade at Antietam and later fought in the Vicksburg Campaign under U.S. Grant. For several years, Wiggin has organized a symposium based on the Welsh’s life in … Continue reading

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