Monthly Archives: September 2016

Civil War vets honored the memory of beloved York nurse

Amelia M. Kurtz never married, living with her sister Catherine (Kate) until the latter’s death when Amelia inherited their home on North George Street near Clarke Alley and a modest amount of stock. She was never very wealthy, although she … Continue reading

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Impetuous York youth threatened to kill Rebel General Gordon

On Sunday, June 28, 1863, Brigadier General John Brown Gordon led his Georgia infantry brigade into downtown York as a regimental band played lively tunes. The 31st Georgia, fronted by William Henry “Tip” Harrison and the color guard, led the … Continue reading

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Resident recalled Rebel invasion of York 75 years later

It was July 4, 1938, Independence Day in America. In Gettysburg, the 75th anniversary commemoration of the battle of Gettysburg was still in full swing. Some 30 miles to the east, aged York resident William Wiest sat down with his … Continue reading

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Underground Railroad was active in York

The publication committee of the York County History Center recently released the first comprehensive look at the activities of the secretive Underground Railroad in York County, Pennsylvania. Drawn from a diverse array of primary, and some post-Civil War secondary, sources, … Continue reading

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Paul Revere’s Ride Had Rival in Hanover

“Listen my children and you shall hear, of the midnight ride of Paul Revere…” Millions of school children for more than 100 years have read famed poet Henry W. Longfellow’s stirring words, however historically inaccurate they may be, about his … Continue reading

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The Wooden Horse and the Golden Ticket: Part 3

In our first two posts on the subject, we looked at 19th century historian George R. Prowell’s postwar overview of the “wooden horse,” pro-Confederate sentiment among south-central Pennsylvanians that led them to flock to join the secretive Knights of the … Continue reading

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The Wooden Horse and the Golden Ticket: Part 2

In our previous post on the subject, we looked at 19-century historian George R. Prowell’s review of the so-called “wooden horse” in southern Pennsylvania, a secretive pro-Confederate organization that in other parts of the country was known as the Knights … Continue reading

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Dr. Charlie Fennell Returns to York CWRT on September 21

The York Civil War Round Table will feature the always entertaining Dr. Charles C. Fennell, Jr. at its monthly meeting on Wednesday, September 21, 2016. Dr. Fennell is returning for his annual Battlefield Talk and Walk Program which has been … Continue reading

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The Wooden Horse and the Golden Ticket: Part 1

As the Confederate soldiers marched or rode through York County during the invasion of June 1863, many of them were astounded at seeing multiple farmers along their route making strange hand gestures. At times, these Pennsylvanians also cried out, “Peace! … Continue reading

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Johnny Sisson: 15-year-old runaway turned combat rifleman

Johnny Sisson, a small, wiry farmboy in Dover, Ohio, was a rather rambunctious, determined lad. He likely stood out among his peers in rural Tuscarawas County in the eastern part of the Buckeye State. Sisson was a native of England, … Continue reading

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