Monthly Archives: December 2015

“Lincoln was not ugly,” reported an Ohio soldier with later family ties to York County

Michael Barton and Judith A. Kennedy, working with a group of students and history researchers at Penn State, have published the memoirs of Sgt. Christian Lenker of the 19th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. Kennedy, the great granddaughter of Sergeant Lenker, is … Continue reading

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Speakers announced for 2016 Ed Bearss Symposium

Ted Alexander, Chief Historian of Antietam National Battlefield Park, has announced the speaker schedule for the upcoming 2016 Ed Bearss Symposium to be held April 7-10, 2016, at the Hampton Inn,955 Lesher Road in historic Chambersburg, Pa. Ed Bearss is … Continue reading

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2016 schedule of events: Gettysburg National Military Park

   2016 CALENDAR OF Events JANUARY 2016 January 9             Gettysburg National Military Park Winter Lecture: Jubal Early and the Molding of Confederate Memory, presented by Park Ranger Matt Atkinson, Gettysburg National Military Park. Explore the post-war life of former Confederate … Continue reading

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York County ties to the fighting on the Second Day at Gettysburg

Did you know there are some York County PA connections to the bitter late afternoon and early evening fighting on the Second Day of the battle of Gettysburg, July 2, 1863? Here are a few of those local ties… Jubal … Continue reading

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Bids taken for beef cattle for the US government’s military use: Epilogue

York butcher John F. Erwin, who today might be known as a “whistle blower,” was frustrated that he had not received the government contract to supply beef cattle for the army’s local needs. He bitterly complained that the awardee, fellow … Continue reading

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Bids taken for beef cattle for the US government’s military use: Part 3

View of downtown York, Pa., as shown in this this antebellum chromolith image by the Baltimore firm of A. Hoen. The U.S. Government at the start of the Civil War had contracted with various individuals and private companies to provide … Continue reading

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