Monthly Archives: October 2015

152nd Anniversary Commemorating Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address Special Events

Scott Mingus photo, East Cemetery Hill Gettysburg, PA – The Gettysburg Foundation invites you to attend the following upcoming 152nd Anniversary November events, free and open to the public.

Posted in Gettysburg battlefield, Lincoln | Tagged , , | Comments Off on 152nd Anniversary Commemorating Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address Special Events

New eyewitness account of the Confederate occupation of York, Pa.

During the Civil War, Southern newspapers often reprinted news from Northern papers or from those in the Border States. Such as the case on Friday, August 14, 1863, when editor of the The Daily Progress in Raleigh, North Carolina, repeated … Continue reading

Posted in Black history, Civilians, Confederates, Gettysburg Campaign, York | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on New eyewitness account of the Confederate occupation of York, Pa.

Spy story! Two Rebel scouts supposedly cross the Columbia-Wrightsville Bridge

The February 14, 1930, issue of the Altoona (Pa.) Tribune contains a story I had not previously read concerning the burning of the Columbia-Wrightsville Bridge during the Civil War’s Gettysburg Campaign. Townspeople, under the direction of Pennsylvania state militia officers … Continue reading

Posted in Confederates, Gettysburg Campaign, Wrightsville | Tagged , , | Comments Off on Spy story! Two Rebel scouts supposedly cross the Columbia-Wrightsville Bridge

York CWRT to feature Dr. Charlie Fennell discussing the Pennsylvania Reserves at Gettysburg on Oct. 21

The York Civil War Round Table will feature the always entertaining Dr. Charles C. Fennell, Jr. at its monthly meeting on Wednesday, October 21, 2015. A long-time friend of the York CWRT, Dr. Fennell is returning for his annual Battlefield … Continue reading

Posted in Gettysburg battlefield, Gettysburg Campaign, Yankees, York CWRT | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

New additions to series of booklets on York County’s Civil War history

I have been working on a series of small, focused booklets on various aspects of York County’s Civil War history, many of which are designed as fund raisers for various organizations. I have recently added a couple new titles, and … Continue reading

Posted in Books | Tagged , | 1 Comment

York CWRT presents Union General Francis Barlow – Controversial General of Gettysburg and an American Hero

The York Civil War Round Table will feature guest speaker and member Brian J. Blake at its upcoming meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 18, 2015, at the York County Heritage Trust, 250 E. Market Street, York, Pennsylvania. The … Continue reading

Posted in Gettysburg Campaign, Yankees, York CWRT | Tagged , , | Comments Off on York CWRT presents Union General Francis Barlow – Controversial General of Gettysburg and an American Hero

One-tank road trip: Hampton National Historic Site: Part 3

In part 1 and part 2 of this 3-part photographic tour of the Hampton National Historic Site near Towson, Maryland, we briefly looked at the impressive Georgian-style hilltop mansion where the prosperous and politically important Ridgely family once lived. They … Continue reading

Posted in Black history, Underground Railroad | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off on One-tank road trip: Hampton National Historic Site: Part 3

One-tank road trip: Hampton National Historic Site: Part 2

In my previous post, I briefly discussed the history of the “Hampton” estate in northern Maryland, a once sprawling 10,000-acre collection of farms, ironworks, woodlots, orchards, gristmills, and outbuildings near Towson. Prominent among the owners were Col. Charles Ridgely II, … Continue reading

Posted in Black history, Underground Railroad | Tagged , , , , , | Comments Off on One-tank road trip: Hampton National Historic Site: Part 2

One-tank road trip: Hampton National Historic Site: Part 1

A few weeks ago I visited the Hampton National Historic Site near Towson, Maryland. The centerpiece mansion was not open that day, but I strolled around the grounds and took several photographs. The Hampton plantation played a key role in … Continue reading

Posted in Black history, Underground Railroad | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off on One-tank road trip: Hampton National Historic Site: Part 1