Monthly Archives: January 2014

One of Gordon’s men discusses the Rebels saving Wrightsville, Pa. from burning

The Columbia Bridge burns on the night of Sunday, June 28, 1863, in this photograph of a painting at the Columbia Historical Society in Columbia, Pennsylvania. Union troops retreating from Wrightsville (foreground) marched across the bridge into Lancaster County (background) … Continue reading

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Gettysburg National Military Park 2014 Calendar of Events

The National Park Service has announced its tentative schedule of events for 2014. All events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. In some cases advance registration is required.

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First ever biography of Union General Gordon Granger

Civil War buffs familiar with the battle of Chickamauga likely are familiar with the name Gordon Granger. Commanding the Reserve Corps, on his own initiative and without orders, he moved his force to Snodgrass Hill to reinforce Maj. Gen. George … Continue reading

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There’s money in those rafters in Spry!

York County, Pennsylvania, still retains in places vestiges of its once thriving agricultural heritage, particularly with the huge, bank barns (often painted red) which once dominated the roadsides leading into York borough from all directions. One of those roads, now … Continue reading

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Savas Beatie Title Wins Nathan Bedford Forrest History Book Award

El Dorado Hills, CA January 16, 2014 – Confederate General William “Extra Billy” Smith: From Virginia’s Statehouse to Gettysburg Scapegoat by Scott L. Mingus, Sr. was selected as the 2013 winner of the Nathan Bedford Forrest History Book Award. The … Continue reading

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New Lincoln book drawing strong reviews

Hundreds of books have been written about Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States. Many focus naturally on his conduct of the Civil War and/or his dealings with the slavery emancipation question. Some deal more with his congressional … Continue reading

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Confederate mapmakers prepared for the invasion of Pennsylvania

During the winter of 1862-1863, famed Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and T. J. “Stonewall” Jackson planned a possible invasion of the North, with a focus on central Maryland and south-central Pennsylvania. Jackson had long advocated such an incursion, aimed … Continue reading

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The last surviving resident to see the Confederates enter York?

This impressive mansion of railroad magnate Charles Billmeyer was newly built when almost 1,000 Confederate soldiers tramped past on June 28 and 29, 1863 on their way to and from Wrightsville in their effort to seize the Columbia Bridge. York … Continue reading

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A Rebel Sunday in York, Pa.

This photo from the files of the York County Heritage Trust shows the old market sheds at he intersection of Market Street and George Street (left) in downtown York, Pennsylvania. The building with the buggies and wagons in front of … Continue reading

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York CWRT to discuss role of 26th North Carolina at Gettysburg on January 15

The York Civil War Round Table will feature author Eric Lindblade at its monthly meeting on January 15, 2014.  The topic of the evening will be “The Battle was Grand, Sublime, and Awful: The 26th North Carolina and the Battle of … Continue reading

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