Monthly Archives: November 2013

Historic Fort Evans near Leesburg, Virginia

I recently had a chance to tour the privately owned Fort Evans, a Civil War fort constructed on a hilltop overlooking Leesburg, Virginia. The site is extremely well preserved and is one of the finest examples of a Vauban-style earthen … Continue reading

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An Underground Railroad Story from York County, Pa.

“In 1842 a party of sixteen slaves came to York, Pa., from Baltimore county, Md. Here they were taken in charge by William Wright, Joel Fisher, Dr. Lewis, and William Yocum. The last named was a constable, and used to … Continue reading

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’Give It To Them, My Tulips!:’ The Life and Death of Colonel Augustus Van Horne Ellis, 124th New York Infantry Regiment

On December 13th, the Harrisburg Civil War Round Table is proud to have one of our own members Ms. Linda Meeneghan give us an overview of Augustus Van Horne Ellis, colonel of the 124 New York Volunteers. He was killed … Continue reading

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150 years ago today – The Gettysburg Address

On the morning of November 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln arose at the David Wills House on the square in downtown Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. He faced a busy day, highlighted by a procession to the National Cemetery and the lengthy dedication … Continue reading

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President Lincoln to appear at York Civil War Round Table on Nov. 20

In commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, the York Civil War Round Table has scheduled living historian James Hayney portraying Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States. The presentation is titled “The Gettysburg Address: Facts … Continue reading

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150 years ago this month in York County, Pa. – Part 1

As part 1 of my series on York County, PA during the month of November, 1863, when Abraham Lincoln came here as he traveled to and from Gettysburg to deliver the Gettysburg Address, I offer this reposting of a blog … Continue reading

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Fear in the Susquehanna Valley – the Emergency of 1862: Part 3

The Capitol Grounds at Harrisburg turned into a camp [Theodore R. Davis sketch which first appeared in Harper’s Weekly, October 4, 1862]. www.sonofthesouth.net The Pennsylvania Legislature had created laws concerning the creation and utilization of a state militia back during … Continue reading

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Fear in the Susquehanna Valley – the Emergency of 1862: Part 2

  Previous post: Fear in the Susquehanna Valley – the Emergency of 1862: Part 1 Reports circulated in York County the first week of September 1862 that General Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia was moving northward toward the … Continue reading

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Hanover Junction, Pa. — Then & Now

On the left is a photo commonly attributed to famed Civil War photographer Mathew Brady and his crew. It shows the Northern Central Railway bridge over the South Branch of the Codorus Creek at Hanover Junction, Pennsylvania. The original is … Continue reading

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Fear in the Susquehanna Valley – the Emergency of 1862: Part 1

In early September 1862, thousands of residents of the border counties of south-central Pennsylvania packed up their valuables, gathered their horses and livestock, and trekked north or east toward the Susquehanna River crossings. Many of the travelers passed through downtown … Continue reading

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