Author Archives: Scott Mingus

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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1906 Sons of Veterans encampment ended in grand ball

In my previous Cannonball blog post, I presented the transcript from an article that appeared in the York Daily on June 13, 1906, covering the sham battle on the fairgrounds held the previous day. More than 10,000 people watched this … Continue reading

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10,000 Saw Civil War Reenactment on York’s Fairgrounds in 1906

In the late 1800s and early 1900s, as Civil War veterans aged and reflected on their service in the early 1860s, they erected monuments at leading battlefields, gathered at veterans organization events, marched proudly in popular Memorial Day and Independence … Continue reading

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Hospital patient accused of thievery at York bar

During the first winter of Civil War (1861-82), the Union Army operated a training camp for the 6th New York Cavalry on Penn Commons (now Penn Park) on the south side of York, Pennsylvania. Colonel Thomas Devin, later to lead … Continue reading

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Confederates camped around York before the battle of Gettysburg

In giving frequent talks and presentations on Civil War topics related to York County, one of the most frequent questions I receive is the location of the various Confederate campsites in and around the city of York. Sometimes, the person … Continue reading

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A virtual tour of Joanna Furnace near Reading, PA: Part 2

This is a back view of the old furnace stack at the Joanna Furnace near Reading, Pennsylvania. As mentioned in part 1 of this 2-part short series, Joanna Furnace was one a vibrant, profitable producer of cannonballs, door hinges, kettles, … Continue reading

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