Monthly Archives: May 2015

Yorkers fought (& died) in the Mexican War: Part 3

Antebellum view of “Little York,” Pennsylvania. Detail from a 19th century lithograph in the author’s collection. A delegation of eight men had left York in the fall of 1847 to travel to Harrisburg to join a Philadelphia-based company of the … Continue reading

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Yorkers fought (& died) in the Mexican War: Part 2

The death of Jacob Danner in a field hospital near Puebla, Mexico, on September 10, 1847, reduced the York contingent in Company C of the 1st Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry to seven. Less than three weeks later, that number soon would … Continue reading

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Yorkers fought (& died) in the Mexican War: Part 1

Thousands of books have been written on the American Civil War, including hundreds and hundreds of personal diaries, memoirs, and journals from the soldiers and civilians who were eyewitnesses and/or participants in the bitter conflict. Many of the senior leaders … Continue reading

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Lincoln used prominent anti-slavery bishop to influence British opinion

During the first half of the 19th century, citizens in the young country of the United States of America found plenty of topics of dissension. Besides fighting British, Native Americans, North Africans, and Mexicans in military conflicts, residents quarreled on … Continue reading

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New book on famed Admiral David Farragut

David Glasgow Farragut is a revered name in 19th-century United States Naval lore. Largely forgotten today by the general public other than Civil War buffs, in his day Farragut was one of the most well known American military figures. He … Continue reading

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First-person presentation by Michael Sipes as CSA Gen. Jubal Early

Living historian Michael Sipes will be the featured speaker at the May 20, 2015, monthly meeting of the York Civil War Round Table. He will present a first-person impression of Confederate Brigadier General Jubal A. Early, who figured prominently in … Continue reading

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Some York Countians fled as Rebels approached in June 1863

In mid-June 1863, more than 6,600 Confederate soldiers approached York County from the west. Their commander, Major General Jubal A. Early, was a West Point graduate, a veteran of the Mexican War, and one of the Confederacy’s more aggressive generals. … Continue reading

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Gettysburg’s summer programs begin June 6

Gettysburg, Pa. (May 13, 2015) –Gettysburg National Military Park’s free summer interpretive program series begins on June 6 and offers visitors a chance to learn about the Battle of Gettysburg, care of the wounded, the Soldiers’ National Cemetery, President Lincoln’s … Continue reading

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New book on alleged Lincoln conspirator John Surratt

Many Americans are aware of the role Mrs. Mary Surratt reportedly played in the Lincoln assassination. The military tribunal hearing the case convicted her in being involved in the heinous crime, though her exact role is debated. She reportedly helped … Continue reading

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One-tank road trips: Rock Run / Stafford (CSA General J J Archer’s birthplace)

James J. Archer, a lawyer and officer in the U. S. Army during the Mexican War,  later served as a brigadier general in the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War. He was born in this house, the Carter-Archer … Continue reading

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