Category Archives: Civil War collectibles

Lincoln’s Last Speech is subject of new book

It was a rainy, misty mid-April night in the capital city. Crowds throughout Washington DC were celebrating the recent surrender of the leading Confederate army and its legendary leader Robert E. Lee, an event which finally signaled the impending end … Continue reading

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Pennsylvania soldier’s Civil War letters come to light

Oney Foster Sweet was a native of rural Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania. While still a teenager, he enrolled in the Union army in the 1st Pennsylvania Light Artillery (43rd Pennsylvania Volunteers), Battery F. Popularly known as “Ricketts’ Battery” for its commander … Continue reading

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The Madman and the Assassin: The Strange Life of Boston Corbett, the Man who Killed John Wilkes Booth

April 2015 marks the 150th anniversary of the Abraham Lincoln assassination. As such, several new books are now in print remembering various aspects of the tragedy. Among them is The Madman and the Assassin: The Strange Life of Boston Corbett, … Continue reading

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New booklet on JEB Stuart’s Ride through York County

A couple of years ago, I wrote a series of blog posts (the “In the Footsteps of J.E.B. Stuart” series) on the damage claims York County farmers filed after the Civil War for horses, supplies, and personal goods taken by … 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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York County guitarist set ancestor’s Civil War diary to music

Jeff Stike is a country singer/songwriter/guitarist from the scenic Peach Bottom area in southern York County, Pennsylvania.He grew up in northern Maryland and had a strong interest in military history and country music. He played with various bands, was a … Continue reading

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York residents flocked to local photographers during the Civil War

Photography originated in Europe in the early 1800s, with a variety of techniques of using light-sensitive chemicals spread onto a substrate such as paper, leather, pewter, or a glass plate. The resultant image often took hours to develop, so most … Continue reading

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Member of 28th Pennsylvania described visit to Hanover during the Gettysburg Campaign

Dr. Timothy J. Orr has edited a fascinating book based upon the Civil War letters of Sgt. Ambrose Henry Hayward of the 28th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. The 119 letters are housed in the special collections archive of Gettysburg College, and … Continue reading

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New book remembers Commander Will Cushing, Civil War naval officer and hero

Much media attention had focused this year on the Medal of Honor being awarded to an artillery officer, Alonzo Cushing, who heroically died defending his guns at the 1863 battle of Gettysburg during what became known as Pickett’s Charge. The … Continue reading

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The Civil War: The Story of the War with Maps

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, author and researcher M. David Detweiler is perhaps best known for his interesting book Gettysburg: The Story of the Battle with Maps which came out in 2013. Now, a year later, he is back with a similar effort … Continue reading

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