Monthly Archives: October 2016

The tanned Confederate colonel: Part 1

W. H. F. Payne had been an attorney from Warrenton, Virginia, before the Civil War. The father of ten had enlisted as a private in a local military unit at the start of the war, but soon became a captain … Continue reading

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Historic Underground Railroad station near Wrightsville faces uncertain future: Part 2

In part 1 of this brief two-part series, we looked at the Mifflins, who were major conductors in the Underground Railroad in eastern York County, Pennsylvania, during the 1810-1840 time frame. Scores (perhaps hundreds) of freedom seekers passed through this … Continue reading

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Historic Underground Railroad station near Wrightsville faces uncertain future: Part 1

Back in June of this year, I published a well-received blog entry briefly outlining the history of the “Hybla” property and its signature 18th-century stone farmhouse just west of Wrightsville, Pennsylvania. Not only was this the sturdy home of Underground … Continue reading

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Great Caesar, didn’t we get a lot of horses

In early May 1901, a small group of former officers in the Confederate army were sitting in the Confederate records room of the War Department in Washington, D.C.  They included the famed “Gray Ghost of the Confederacy,” John Singleton Mosby, … Continue reading

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Hanover soldiers, captured at Gettysburg’s Witmer Farm, paroled in York

In several Cannonball blog posts a few years ago, I covered in some detail the interesting story of the men and boys from Hanover, Pennsylvania, who, during the threatened Confederate invasion of June 1863, left their homes, farms, schools, and … Continue reading

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York CWRT presents Gettysburg House Historian discussing the Codori and Culp Farms on Oct. 19

The York Civil War Round Table will feature Gettysburg house historian Kendra Debany at its monthly meeting on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at 7 p.m. Kendra will present “Gettysburg House Historian: Examining the History of the Henry Culp and Nicholas … Continue reading

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Former stewards recall U.S. Army Hospital at York PA

In the late spring/early summer of 1862, the U.S Army established a sprawling 2,000-bed General Hospital on Penn Common (now Penn Park) on the south side of York, Pennsylvania. On breezy high ground and only a few blocks from the … Continue reading

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Fine new book on the 31st Virginia, “Hoffman’s Army” was part of Rebel force that occupied York PA

As the biographer of Confederate General William “Extra Billy” Smith, I have long been interested in the 31st Virginia, a regiment in Smith’s brigade during the early part of 1863 and during the Gettysburg Campaign. Its long-time leader, Colonel John … Continue reading

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Homemade bread, preserves, hot coffee & gunpowder!

The year was 1938. In Gettysburg, thousands of aged Civil War veterans gathered together one final time to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg. Many York Countians, some still living, traveled to view the massive encampment and … Continue reading

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More stories from the Confederate invasion of York County

As many as 11,000 Confederate soldiers marched or rode through scenic York County, Pennsylvania, during the days preceding the battle of Gettysburg. They came in three distinct waves (and from different directions), starting with a small-scale incursion on June 27 … Continue reading

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