Author Archives: Scott Mingus

26th Annual Civil War Reenactment at Neshaminy State Park

The 26th annual Civil War Re-enactment will take place on Saturday and Sunday, April 25-26, 2015 at Neshaminy State Park, located on 3401 State Road in Bensalem, PA, from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM, rain or shine. Admission is free. This event is the … Continue reading

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“Kindly Friend Willis” was conductor on the Underground Railroad

According to the Library of Congress, the Willis House is the most pretentious and academically correct example of eighteenth century English domestic architecture in York County. The builder, William Willis, was a Quaker farmer and mason who built the York … Continue reading

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150th Anniversary Events at Appomattox Courthouse

Actors portraying Lee and Grant in the McLean House during the making of the park’s new film (to be released for the 150th in April, 2015). Aperture Films The sesquicentennial at the Park will be centered around real time commemorative … Continue reading

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Railroad traveler liked York, but not Wrightsville

A traveler calling himself “P.M.” visiting Baltimore in the early winter of 1850 sent back a letter to the editor, Ephraim Cowan, of the Warren (Pa.) Mail. He took a train most of the way, including the Pennsylvania Railroad from … Continue reading

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York CWRT presents an evening with Brig. Gen. Horace Porter

  The guest speaker for the April 15th. York Civil War Round Table meeting at 7 p.m. will be Mike Reetz, portraying Brigadier General Horace Porter, an aide-de-camp to Gen. U.S. Grant. The topic of his presentation will be “How … Continue reading

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Dr. Chuck Teague Returns to York CWRT on March 18

  In commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, the York Civil War Round Table will feature Dr. Charles Teague at its monthly meeting on March 18, 2015. Ranger Teague will present a PowerPoint talk … Continue reading

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Gettysburg National Military Park / Eisenhower 2015 Calendar of Events

Katie Lawhon of the National Park Service has announced the most current calendar of events at Gettysburg National Military Park and the Eisenhower National Historic Site for the remainder of 2015. All events are free and open to the public … Continue reading

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Ex-slave of Confederate officer died in Hanover in 1910

In the years following the Civil War, hundreds of former Southern slaves seeking a fresh start settled in the Susquehanna Valley. Among them was George Keyes, a Virginia-born slave who was present at the 1861  battle of Ball’s Bluff near … Continue reading

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The Runaway Balloon

When the Union army headed north in June 1863 for the summer campaign, it left behind its observation balloon which had been floating high enough for riders to observe the distant Confederate lines. Hence, there were no balloons at the … Continue reading

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York CWRT: “From Round Ball to Minnie Ball” topic on February 18

The York Civil War Round Table invites the public to its monthly meeting on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at the York County Heritage Trust’s Historical Society Museum, 250 E. Market St., York, PA. This month’s speaker is … Continue reading

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