Category Archives: Books

York CWRT Presents the Thomas Nast Patriotic Civil War Santa Claus on November 15

Press Release – York Civil War Round Table, York PA On November 15, 2017, please join the York Civil War Round Table in its 20th Anniversary Year, welcoming Civil War living historian Kevin Rawlings portraying the Thomas Nast Patriotic Civil … Continue reading

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Flower power, Gettysburg style

Each year, hundreds of thousands of travelers from all over the world come to Gettysburg National Military Park in south-central Pennsylvania. Most come to learn more about the Civil War’s most famous battle, to visit such well known places as … Continue reading

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Mourning Customs during the Civil War period

More than 500 soldiers from York County, Pennsylvania, died in the Civil War, according to researcher Dennis W. Brandt, whose detailed database of local soldiers is available on line at the website of the York County History Center. The first … Continue reading

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Eyewitness accounts from Texans who fought at Antietam

“Known as the Battle of Antietam by the Union and the Battle of Sharpsburg by the Confederates, the day-long battle near Antietam Creek on September 17 [1862] is widely recognized as the single bloodiest day in American history. On that … Continue reading

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“Wounded Houses, Shattered Lives” at Gettysburg is topic of York CWRT on August 16

Press Release from Kathy Friel of the York Civil War Round Table: On August 16, 2017, please join the York Civil War Round Table in its 20th Anniversary Year, welcoming author Linda Clark to our meeting for her PowerPoint presentation … Continue reading

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New book covers the Philadelphia, Wilmington & Baltimore Railroad in the Civil War

Railroad travelers from Harrisburg or York, Pennsylvania, to Baltimore typically took the Northern Central Railway. From Baltimore, there were convenient connections to Washington, Hagerstown and points west using the Baltimore & Ohio. Once finished with business in Baltimore, the traveler … Continue reading

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New Osprey book on Sharpshooting Rifles of the American Civil War

Osprey Publishing has for several decades been a major resource for military wargamers, dioramists, miniaturists, and other hobbyists with its battle overviews, guides to uniforms, maps, and other useful information. Over time, the company has expanded its lineup to appeal … Continue reading

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New book on the fighting in the Miller Cornfield in the Battle of Antietam

The battle of Antietam near Sharpsburg, Maryland, on September 17, 1862, remains the bloodiest single day of combat in American military history. Several of my relatives on my father’s side were there, serving in the 7th Virginia (in the Union … Continue reading

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Historiography of the Battle of Hanover; 154th anniversary today

June 30, 1863. The largest military battle ever fought in the recorded history of York County, Pennsylvania. American vs. American. North vs. South. Blue vs. Gray. More than 300 men fell, several to rise no more and be laid to … Continue reading

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Fine new study of the Union army in the Overland/Petersburg campaigns

The 1864 Overland Campaign, and the subsequent Petersburg Campaign, changed the course of Civil War history. For much of the previous year and a half, Confederate General Robert E. Lee had been the aggressor, send his troops toward or into … Continue reading

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