Monthly Archives: January 2018

One-tank trips: GAR Museum & Library in Philadelphia (Part 2)

In Part 1 of this brief two-part series, we looked at some photos I took during a December 2017 visit to the Grand Army of the Republic Museum & Library in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Only a small portion of their holdings … Continue reading

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One-tank trips: GAR Museum & Library in Philadelphia

The Grand Army of the Republic was the largest, and perhaps best known, of the many veterans fraternal organizations that sprang up in the North in the years following the American Civil War. Dr. Benjamin F. Stephenson founded the first … Continue reading

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York soldier saved & inscribed old book in Virginia

The 87th Pennsylvania is perhaps the best-known infantry regiment from York County, Pennsylvania, where the majority of its companies were raised. Perhaps a close second is the 200th Pennsylvania, which saw hard fighting in the Army of the Potomac during … Continue reading

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Dillsburg native was Rebel chaplain during the burning of Chambersburg

The burning of Chambersburg remains controversial in south-central Pennsylvania to this day. Once known as the “queen of the Cumberland Valley,” the town was an important stop on the Cumberland Valley Railroad and served as the company’s headquarters. It contained … Continue reading

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Pregnant woman buried scores of Gettysburg dead

The battle of Gettysburg on July 1-3, 1863, saw both heroes and cowards, brave men and shirkers, and the frightened and the arrogant. Soldiers, as well as civilians, were a mixture of those who kept their cool in the face … Continue reading

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Book features legendary Gettysburg relics collection

J. Howard Wert, a native of Gettysburg and a scout during the 1863 Gettysburg Campaign, came from a well-connected German-American family which had a deep connection to the early history of the United States. Family members fought in the French … Continue reading

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Day 1 at Gettysburg receives more coverage

The first day of the battle of Gettysburg has long been of special interest to me. I wrote my final research paper in my Civil War history class at Miami University (Oxford, Ohio) on the Iron Brigade at Gettysburg in … Continue reading

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York CWRT presents “ A Civil War Captain and His Lady” on January 17, 2018

Press Release from Kathy Friel of the York (PA) Civil War Round Table: On January 17, 2018, please join the York Civil War Round Table as it kicks off its 21st campaign year, welcoming local author Gene Barr as the … Continue reading

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York Civil War Round Table Releases 2018 Schedule of Speakers

The York Civil War Round Table has released its 2018 schedule of speakers for the 21st campaign, which runs from January to November. The presenters will be offering a diverse group of topics this year, ranging from talks on President … Continue reading

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Virginia’s waterways were paths to freedom for escaped slaves

South-central Pennsylvania, including York and Adams counties, were often the first place that escaped slaves from Maryland and Virginia headed in their quest for freedom. Several books, including those by Cooper Wingert and David G. Smith, cover the topic across … Continue reading

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