Monthly Archives: August 2016

“Sham patriots, hypocrites, and vampires”

Politics has often been a bitter affair, dividing communities, families, churches, and businesses. So divisive, in fact, that in most American towns throughout the 19th and 20th centuries separate newspapers emerged to reflect the political and social views of owner-editors. … Continue reading

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New book analyzes complex relationship between Abraham Lincoln and his friend Joshua Speed

Much has been written about the life, death, and legacy of the 16th president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. According to Business Insider, more than 15,000 books have dealt in whole or large measure with Lincoln. Some, like famed … Continue reading

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The sergeant never forgot

The largest military battle ever fought in York County, Pennsylvania, occurred in Hanover on June 30, 1863, when Major General J.E.B. Stuart’s Confederate three cavalry brigades clashed for several hours with Union troopers under General Judson Kilpatrick.  The fighting at … Continue reading

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Whew! That was close!

It is Saturday morning, June 27, 1863, in Hanover, southwestern York County, Pennsylvania. All is quiet, but there is a noticeable nervousness in the air on what normally would have been baking day in this Germanic community. For several days, … Continue reading

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Historic Gettysburg Electric Map: Hanover’s newest Civil War attraction

Like many Civil War buffs, I have very fond memories of taking my kids to see the famous Gettysburg Electric Map, which once was the centerpiece of the Rosensteel Museum and then the successor Gettysburg National Military Park Museum. Constructed … Continue reading

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Trainloads of vets passed through York en route to the Gettysburg battle 50th anniversary

In our last two Cannonball blog posts, we looked at the preparations in the city of York for the 50th anniversary of the Confederate invasion and the subsequent battle of Gettysburg. Scores of local Civil War veterans traveled to Gettysburg … Continue reading

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York commemorates 50th anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg: Part 2

In my last post, I shared an old 1913 newspaper account of the preparations in York, Pennsylvania, for the 50th anniversary of Jubal Early’s occupation of the borough and the subsequent battle of Gettysburg. Here is the follow-up article from … Continue reading

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Civil War vets held ceremony on 50th anniversary of Rebel occupation of York

On Sunday morning, June 28, 1863, Confederate Brigadier General John Brown Gordon and more than 2,000 veteran Georgia infantrymen and Virginia cavalrymen and artillerymen marched eastward on the Gettysburg turnpike into York, Pennsylvania. York would be the largest Northern town … Continue reading

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Early telegraphy at Hanover

In my past two Cannonball blog posts, we learned about railroad ticket agent Joseph Leib, conductor John Eckert, and telegrapher Daniel Trone and their efforts to escape from Hanover and Hanover Junction as Lt. Col. Elijah White’s Confederate raiders approached … Continue reading

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Local railroad official’s reminiscences of the Gettysburg Campaign: Part 2

Let’s go back in our minds to Saturday afternoon, June 27, 1863, in scenic southern York County, Pennsylvania. Ticket agent Joseph Leib, Hanover Branch Railroad Conductor John Eckert, and their engineer and fireman are scrambling to get the steam up … Continue reading

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