Monthly Archives: April 2016

Rebels confronted Wrightsville souvenir seeker

On a cloudy Sunday evening, June 28, 1863, more than 2,000 Confederates (including 1,800 veteran Georgia infantrymen) moved into position west of Wrightsville, Pennsylvania, in an effort to outflank a lengthy, horseshoe-shaped Union defensive line. The Yankees in the rifle … Continue reading

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Delta residents organized Sons of Veterans camp after the war

The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW) is a longstanding fraternal order whose membership consists of direct descendants of Union soldiers who served in the Civil War. It is the legal successor to the old Grand Army … Continue reading

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Glen Rock claimed youngest Civil War soldier from York County: Postscript

John Hufnagel of the Glen Rock Historic Preservation Society sent me the above photograph from the Glen Rock Item. It is the obituary for U. S. Dise, claimed to be not only the youngest Civil War soldier from York County, … Continue reading

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Glen Rock claimed youngest Civil War soldier from York County

  Glen Rock, Pennsylvania, has a long and storied history. A young English immigrant, William Heathcote, visited the area in southern York County and liked it so much he decided to make it his home. In March 1837, he purchased … Continue reading

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Civil War veteran was oldest resident of Felton

By the turn of the 20th century, 35 years after the Civil War, many of the veterans liked to gather at reunions and reminisce about their long-ago days as soldiers and remember those who had fallen. In turn, residents of … Continue reading

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Lancaster native survived the sinking of the Sultana

  The sinking of the privately-owned riverboat Sultana near the end of the Civil War on April 27, 1865, remains the single largest loss of life in U.S. maritime history. More than 1,700 people, many of them recently released prisoners … Continue reading

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John H. Scott: Wartime hotelkeeper at Hanover Junction

This detail from a November 1863 photograph by a member of the Matthew Brady firm from Washington shows the Junction Hotel at Hanover Junction in southern York County, Pennsylvania. During the mid-19th century, this was a popular hotel, general store, … Continue reading

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Road trip: Civil War sites near Knoxville, Tennessee

I was recently in Knoxville, Tennessee, to speak to the Knoxville Civil War Round Table on my book The Louisiana Tigers in the Gettysburg Campaign. Before the talk, my friend Jim Doncaster, a former fellow York resident, was kind enough … Continue reading

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President Street Station: Baltimore Civil War Museum

During the Civil War, three separate railroads served Baltimore, Maryland. Because of city ordinances against noise, locomotives could not be run through downtown. So, the railroads had their own terminals and tracks a few blocks apart, interconnected with city streets … Continue reading

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Road trip! Appomattox Courthouse, Virginia: Part 5

This final group of pictures comes from the northern/eastern part of the Appomattox National Historic Site and battlefield park, within the old April 1865 Confederate lines. All photos by Scott Mingus, April 11, 2016.

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