Monthly Archives: December 2014

Sarcastic Gettysburg soldier sent letters home from York’s Camp Scott: Part 2

This sketch from the New York Illustrated News shows Camp Scott, a Civil War training facility in York, Pennsylvania. In May 1861, a soldier of the 2nd Pennsylvania Infantry using the pen name “Bageney” sent several letters  home to the … Continue reading

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Sarcastic Gettysburg soldier sent letters home from York’s Camp Scott: Part 1

Shortly after the start of the American Civil War in 1861, the U.S. government established a series of training bases throughout the North. The largest one in Pennsylvania eventually became known as Camp Curtin, in honor of the commonwealth’s Republican … Continue reading

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Member of 28th Pennsylvania described visit to Hanover during the Gettysburg Campaign

Dr. Timothy J. Orr has edited a fascinating book based upon the Civil War letters of Sgt. Ambrose Henry Hayward of the 28th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. The 119 letters are housed in the special collections archive of Gettysburg College, and … Continue reading

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New book remembers Commander Will Cushing, Civil War naval officer and hero

Much media attention had focused this year on the Medal of Honor being awarded to an artillery officer, Alonzo Cushing, who heroically died defending his guns at the 1863 battle of Gettysburg during what became known as Pickett’s Charge. The … Continue reading

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Campaign to save the Hoke House, which was a Confederate campsite

The Hoke House is a familiar sight to the thousands of people who travel on PA Route 116 through Spring Grove, Pa. each day. Situated at the traffic circle, it has served as a tavern (dating back to the American … Continue reading

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Union cavalry general recalls his visit to York County during the Gettysburg Campaign

David McMurtrie Gregg (shown above in this photo from the Library of Congress) commanded a division of Union cavalry in the Army of the Potomac during the Gettysburg Campaign of 1863. He was a first cousin of the governor of … Continue reading

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First JEB Stuart strikes; then a triple murder near Round Top: Finale

The 1860 Census of Warrington Township shows Quaker farmer George Squibb, his wife Mary, one of their daughters (Maria Jane) and their granddaughters Sarah Seifert and Mary Jane Myers (the daughters of Caroline Emma Squibb). The old Quaker couple and … Continue reading

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First JEB Stuart strikes; then a triple murder near Round Top: Part 5

Sarah Emma Seifert, Mary (Bell) Squibb, and George Squibb lie side by side in the cemetery of Warrington Friends Meeting House. They are known in local history as “The Murdered Family.” But who killed them? (Photo by Scott Mingus, 12/6/14). … Continue reading

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First JEB Stuart strikes; then a triple murder near Round Top: Part 4

The weathered gravestone of Mary (Bell) and George S. Squibb is shown in this  photograph courtesy of York Countian Jeremy Easton. It is in the southwestern section of the cemetery of the Warrington Friends Meeting House along PA Route 74 … Continue reading

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First JEB Stuart strikes; then a triple murder near Round Top: Part 3

For parts 1 and 2 of this true crime story, click here and here. On the morning of Monday, June 18, 1866, George Snelbaker needed an auger for some chores. The 24-year-old man lived near his namesake grandfather, George S. … Continue reading

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