Monthly Archives: May 2016

1st New York Sharpshooter’s diary made into compelling new book

John Tyler Farnham would have been just another long-forgotten Civil War soldier except for the dogged efforts of author William G. Andrews to locate, transcribe, and annotate Farnham’s extensive six-volume diaries from his entire three years in the Union army, … Continue reading

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Newly released book includes accounts of the local 87th Pennsylvania Infantry at Second Winchester

The 87th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry was primarily raised in York, Pennsylvania, with a few companies originating in neighboring Adams County. Many of its soldiers were farmers, mechanics, laborers, clerks, and other local patriotic men (and a few boys) who … Continue reading

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Summer programs begin June 11 at Gettysburg National Military Park

Gettysburg National Military Park’s free summer interpretive program series begins on June 11 and offers visitors a chance to learn about the people and places that made history during the Battle of Gettysburg. Hike the fields of Pickett’s Charge, explore … Continue reading

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Lutheran General Synod met in York in May 1864

The 21st convention of the General Synod of the Lutheran Church met in downtown York, Pennsylvania, for several days beginning on May 5, 1864. Concurrently, the Union Army of the Potomac was battling Robert E. Lee’s Confederate Army of Northern … Continue reading

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87th Pennsylvania reenactors planning Memoral Day event

The 87th Pennsylvania reenactment group, based in south-central Pennsylvania, honors the memory of the actual 87th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, which served in the Union army from the fall of 1861 until it was mustered out after the war in … Continue reading

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Reverse glass paintings of Columbia Bridge on fire were part of 1913 Old Home Week

A Cannonball blog reader from Wrightsville, Pennsylvania, has the above reverse glass painting for sale. Only a handful, including well preserved examples at the Columbia Historic Preservation Society and Historic Wrightsville, Incorporated, of these are known to exist. The reader’s … Continue reading

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“Pickett’s Charge at Gettysburg” Topic for York CWRT on May 18

The York Civil War Round Table welcomes co-authors James A. Hessler  and Wayne E. Motts as their featured speakers at its monthly meeting on Wednesday, May 18th at 7 p.m. The authors will present a Power Point talk based on … Continue reading

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New account of Louisiana Tigers in York County surfaces

One of the joys of occasionally traveling around the East Coast giving PowerPoint presentations on my various Civil War books is the people I meet. At times, they share stories of their ancestors. Recently, before I spoke at the Lynchburg, … Continue reading

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