Category Archives: Monuments and markers

The Confederate Controversy – my two cents

Johnny Sisson was only fifteen years old when he marched off to war as a drummer boy for Company I, 51st Ohio Volunteer Infantry. He had twice run away, once from his guardian uncle in Tuscarawas County and once from … Continue reading

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California poet/preacher toured York County’s Civil War sites in 1903

Since 1978, Debi and I have been members of the Church of the Nazarene, first in Painesville, Ohio, and for the past decade and a half in York, Pennsylvania. The holiness denomination traces its roots to John Wesley and the … Continue reading

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10,000+ attended dedication of Hanover’s Civil War monument, “The Picket”

At one time, an impressive equestrian statue of a Union cavalry trooper from the Civil War stood in the middle of the town square/traffic roundabout in downtown Hanover, Pennsylvania, in southwestern York County. Shunted off to one side during a … Continue reading

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4,000 attended parade & dedication of Dover’s Civil War tablet to Jeb Stuart: Part 4

More than 4,000 people had crammed into tiny Dover, Pennsylvania, on November 23, 1907, to watch a parade and then attend the unveiling ceremonies for a metal tablet commemorating Dover’s role in the Gettysburg Campaign; specifically, Jeb Stuart’s stay at … Continue reading

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4,000 attended parade & dedication of Dover’s Civil War tablet to Jeb Stuart: Part 3

Stuart’s two-day ride through York County caused calamity for the citizenry. His division’s horses were exhausted from the long ride from Salem, Virginia, through Maryland and then the mounted fighting at Hanover, Pennsylvania, on June 30, 1863. Then, the weary … Continue reading

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4,000 attended parade & dedication of Dover’s Civil War tablet to Jeb Stuart: Part 2

Major General J.E.B. Stuart led more than 4,500 veteran Confederate cavalrymen through western York County on June 30, 1863, following the Battle of Hanover. His men paused for the night in fields surrounding Dover, Pennsylvania, before heading northward on July … Continue reading

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4,000 attended parade & dedication of Dover’s Civil War tablet to Jeb Stuart: Part 1

It was late November 1907, the Saturday before Thanksgiving. All morning, crowds jammed the main roads leading into the small village of Dover, Pennsylvania. They came on foot, by horse, carriage, and other conveyances. They were assembling to listen to … Continue reading

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Was cannon tube now at Hanover Junction used at the battle of Gettysburg?

Four vintage Civil War-era cannon tubes are mounted along the York County Heritage Rail Trail (the old Northern Central Railway right-of-way) at Hanover Junction, Pennsylvania. Hundreds of bicyclists pass by these four guns and a nearby modern art metal sculpture … Continue reading

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Lancaster native survived the sinking of the Sultana

  The sinking of the privately-owned riverboat Sultana near the end of the Civil War on April 27, 1865, remains the single largest loss of life in U.S. maritime history. More than 1,700 people, many of them recently released prisoners … Continue reading

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Road trip: Civil War sites near Knoxville, Tennessee

I was recently in Knoxville, Tennessee, to speak to the Knoxville Civil War Round Table on my book The Louisiana Tigers in the Gettysburg Campaign. Before the talk, my friend Jim Doncaster, a former fellow York resident, was kind enough … Continue reading

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