Monthly Archives: June 2016

Men of the 87th PA defended Bunker Hill churches

Concurrent with the opening of the Second Battle of Winchester, Confederate Brig. Gen. Albert G. Jenkins led his Virginia cavalry and mounted infantry on Saturday, June 13, 1863, toward the small Union garrison protecting the Opequon River crossing on the … Continue reading

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The Complete Book of the US Presidents

Bill Venne, a prolific author with more than 36 history books to his credit, has been a frequent expert on TV programs on the History Channel, National Geographic Channel, and the Smithsonian Channel. He has been praised in the Wall … Continue reading

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Shoes, boots, hats & shirts for the Rebels, and then more shoes!

On Sunday morning, June 28, 1863, more than 6,000 veteran Confederate infantrymen, accompanied by mounted cavalry and 16 pieces of artillery, marched into central York County. They set up camps in the borough at the old fairgrounds and at what … Continue reading

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87th PA officer escaped from prison after being captured at 2nd Winchester: Part 2

Today, we pick up the fascinating, almost movie-like story of Lt. Harry Welsh of the 87th Pennsylvania Infantry. Welsh, a resident of York County, had enlisted at the age of 20 in September 1861. Two years later, the young officer … Continue reading

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87th PA officer escaped from prison after being captured at 2nd Winchester: Part 1

William Henry Harrison “Harry” Welsh, according to longtime York-area researcher and historian Dennis W. Brandt, was a Hanover native who spent much of his boyhood hanging around Henry Snyder’s blacksmith shop, which was in a building owned by Harry’s father. … Continue reading

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Historic house in Wrightsville was UGRR station and later a Confederate artillery position

Jonathan Mifflin was from a long and broad line of Quakers who settled in the Columbia/Wright’s Ferry/Wrightsville region of southern Pennsylvania. Members of his family were prominent in social, political, martial, and business circles, and intermarried with other leading Quakers.  … Continue reading

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Glen Rock veteran served in the 87th Pennsylvania; captured at 2nd Winchester

John Hufnagel of the Glen Rock Historic Preservation Society graciously sent me the above newspaper clipping from the York Gazette of January 24, 1930, about a local veteran who had recently died. With the recent focus on the 87th Pennsylvania … Continue reading

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87th Pennsylvania at Second Winchester is topic of York CWRT meeting on June 15

Two soldiers of the 87th Pennsylvania posed for a photographer in York, Pennsylvania, early in the Civil War (Joseph Shane collection). The 87th Pennsylvania was primarily raised in York and Adams counties in the fall of 1861 and assigned to … Continue reading

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New book on Lincoln’s foreign policy

David Perry, a former history professor at the University of New Haven, has long studied the life and times of President Abraham Lincoln. In his latest book, Bluff, Bluster, Lies and Spies: The Lincoln Foreign Policy, 1861-1865, he has examined … Continue reading

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