Monthly Archives: November 2016

York’s Underground Railroad Heroes: William Yocum

Old West gunslingers, marshals, sheriffs, and cowboys have always fascinated me. As a lad, I read as many books as I could on the topic. Names such as Bat Masterson, Wild “Bill” Hickok, Calamity Jane, Billy the Kid, and Jesse … Continue reading

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York’s Underground Railroad Heroes: Abraham and Susan Hiestand

Ye Olde Valley Inn was a familiar sight to generations of York Countians, set alongside of the heavily traveled road from York to Wrightsville. In 1737-38, English Quaker settler John Griest constructed a limestone square blockhouse on the site for … Continue reading

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York’s Underground Railroad Heroes: Henry W. Grant

Henry W. Grant was born to slave parents in Cecil County, Maryland, and grew up on his master’s plantation. When he turned 19, he received his freedom  when his owner died.  Grant soon moved to Pennsylvania, where he eventually married … Continue reading

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York’s Underground Railroad Heroes: Bossy and Julia Johnson

In the 1850s, John “Bossy” Johnson, a black man living in York, Pennsylvania, was accused have run away from his owner, a Baltimore woman, and arrested for violating the Fugitive Slave Law. He claimed he was a free man. The … Continue reading

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Excellent new book on relics and artifacts of Little Bighorn

Say the name “George Armstrong Custer” and immediately visions usually come to mind of hordes of Native American warriors circling an outnumbered band of desperate U.S. 7th Cavalry troopers. Custer, pistols blazing, goes down fighting as his men perish around … Continue reading

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Author Ed Bonekemper to speak at York CWRT on November 16

The York Civil War Round Table will feature author and historian Edward H. Bonekemper, III at its monthly meeting on November 16, 2016. The topic of the evening will be “The Myth of the Lost Cause: False Remembrance of the … Continue reading

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The tanned Confederate colonel: Part 2

In part 1 of this 2-part series, W. H. F. Payne, a former Civil War general who had served in the Gettysburg Campaign as the lieutenant colonel of the 2nd North Carolina Cavalry under J.E.B. Stuart, shared his memories of … Continue reading

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