Category Archives: Civil War people

Abraham Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation

As the chill winds of late November swept across the northern United States in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln looked back on a momentous year, one that had likely changed the fortunes of the Union forces in the American Civil War. … Continue reading

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Is it honestly Abe?

The vast public holdings of the U. S. government include thousands of vintage photographs from the Civil War. At least six of them show Hanover Junction, Pennsylvania, and are credited to the Mathew Brady studio in Washington, D.C. They were … Continue reading

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The surrender: did York really have a choice?

For more than 150 years, residents and writers have debated whether the civic leaders of York, Pennsylvania, should have surrendered their town to a Confederate general during the Gettysburg Campaign. On Saturday, June 27, 1863, Chief Burgess David Small, two … Continue reading

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Army Hospital ramped up in the summer of 1862

The spring and summer of 1862 were the bloodiest (to that date) in the history of the now-divided United States. Heretofore obscure places such as Shiloh, Kernstown, Front Royal, Gaines Mill, Malvern Hill, Fair Oaks, and dozens more were now … 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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RR workers in 1907 found parts of bridges Jubal Early’s cavalry burned

During the Confederate occupation of York County, Pennsylvania, from June 28 – 30, 1863, Major General Jubal A. Early’s primary goals (besides ransoming York for an exorbitant amount of cash and supplies) was to break up the Northern Central Railway … 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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“Extra Billy” Smith is the subject at the York CWRT on Oct. 18

More than 11,000 Confederate soldiers marched or rode through York County, Pennsylvania, during the week before the battle of Gettysburg. Perhaps none was as colorful, or controversial, as Brigadier General William “Extra Billy” Smith. Today, few Civil War buffs know … Continue reading

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155 years ago today – York County regiment “saw the elephant”

Bullets flew hot and thick on the morning of September 17, 1862, in the fields outside of Sharpsburg, Maryland. All across the acrid, smoky battlefield, many men — including scores from York County, Pennsylvania — shrieked in pain, cried out … Continue reading

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York CWRT to feature Dr. Charlie Fennell discussing Gen. Farnsworth’s Fatal Charge on Sept. 20

Press Release from the York Civil War Round Table: On September 20, 2017, please join the York Civil War Round Table, in its 20th Anniversary Year, in welcoming the always entertaining Dr. Charles C. Fennell, Jr. as he returns for … Continue reading

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