Author Archives: Scott Mingus

A Soldier’s Dream of Home

It was March 1863 near Falmouth, Virginia. America had been at war with itself for almost two full years since the bombardment of Fort Sumter. The 130th Pennsylvania, one of the first regiments from York County, had fought in September … Continue reading

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York CWRT to host Cavalry Historian Eric Wittenberg on May 16

Press Release from the York Civil War Round Table: On May 16, 2018, please join the York Civil War Round Table in its 21st Year in welcoming American Civil War cavalry historian and author, Eric J. Wittenberg, to our meeting … Continue reading

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More from the 87th Pennsylvania living historians

Today, we continue our series of interviews with various members of one of York County’s Civil War reenacting groups, Company C of the 87th Pennsylvania. Our contributor is Donovan Warner, whose father is also a living historian.

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York County Civil War Damage Claims

On July 1, 1863, a group of Confederate soldiers visited this barn that once stood alongside the York Road between Dover and Dillsburg, Pennsylvania. The Rebels were cavalrymen from J.E.B. Stuart’s command, and they were looking for fresh horses. They … Continue reading

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New book recounts creation of Gettysburg Civil War mural

On the cloudy morning of Monday, June 29, 1863, Confederate Colonel Isaac E. Avery awoke in the U. S. Army General Hospital on the south side of York, PA. He was not a patient. He was an enemy soldier, occupying … Continue reading

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Pickpocket victims at Hanover Junction included York businessman P. A. Small

Abraham Lincoln’s northbound train chugged into Hanover Junction, Pennsylvania, on the late afternoon of Wednesday, November 18, 1863. The president was on his way to Gettysburg to deliver the dedicatory remarks at the ceremonies to dedicate the new Soldiers National … Continue reading

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Painter Horace Bonham was accused of disloyalty during the Civil War

Horace Bonham is a well-known name in 19th-century art circles. Born November 25, 1835, in York, PA, he studied abroad after the Civil War and became noted as a prolific painter of portraits, group or crowd scenes, and scenery before … Continue reading

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York County Civil War reenactors’ mascot bear

The 87th Pennsylvania was the largest regiment raised in the Civil War in York County. Today, an active group of reenactors and living historians keep alive the memory of the men of the 87th by portraying them in parades, living … Continue reading

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Famed Civil War submarine to be topic of York CWRT on April 18

Press Release – York CWRT: (Note: This program was rescheduled from March 15, 2017, because of inclement weather on that date) On Wednesday evening, April 18, 2018, please join the York Civil War Round Table in welcoming historical reenactor and … Continue reading

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Army hospital administrator preferred York-made cast iron stoves

In the late spring of 1862, the United States Army established a 1,000-bed hospital on the grounds of what is now Penn Park on the south side of York, Pennsylvania. Over time, the hospital expanded to 1,600 beds and finally … Continue reading

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