Category Archives: Civil War people

Remembering a fallen Civil War soldier from York, Pa.

Several thousand men from York County, Pennsylvania, served in the Union army during the Civil War, scattered among more than two dozen regiments or artillery batteries. A few units had relatively large numbers of York Countians, including the 166th Pennsylvania … Continue reading

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York County antebellum militia groups enlisted in 16th PA at start of Civil War

At the start of the Civil War, across both the North and South tens of thousands of young men enlisted in the Union and Confederate armies. Some had previous military experience, including combat action in the Mexican War or other … Continue reading

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York CWRT to discuss “Mosby’s Rangers” on July 15

The York Civil War Round Table will feature author Eric W. Buckland at its monthly meeting on Wednesday, July 15, 2015. Mr. Buckland will present a PowerPoint talk based on his five books on the 43rd Battalion Virginia Cavalry – … Continue reading

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York soldier wrote home from the Gettysburg battlefield

A Union artillery battery rumbles into position on the Gettysburg battlefield in this Scott Mingus photograph of a section of the Gettysburg Cyclorama. The Rudisills remain one of the longstanding families in York County, Pennsylvania, dating back to the 18th … Continue reading

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Hupp’s Hill Civil War Park near Strasburg, Va.: Part 2

In Part 1 of this two-part Cannonball blog entry (sponsored by the York Daily Record newspaper), we will go inside the Hupp’s Hill Cedar Creek Museum. The site is just north of Strasburg, Virginia, alongside U.S. Route 11 (the old … Continue reading

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Hupp’s Hill Civil War Park near Strasburg, Va.: Part 1

On my way to a speaking engagement on “The Northern Central Railway in the Civil War” at the Civil War Institute at James Madison University, I stopped by the small, but interesting Hupp’s Hill Civil War Park just north of … Continue reading

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Confederate colonel’s diary described “triumphal entry” into York

It was the bright, sunny Sunday morning of June 28, 1863. The macadamized turnpike west of York, Pennsylvania, was a beehive of activity as Virginia cavalrymen and advance scouts scurried from barn to barn and field to field seeking to … Continue reading

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Spy Stories

Savas Beatie LLC has just published Tom Ryan’s excellent new book on Spies, Scouts, and Secrets in the Gettysburg Campaign: How the Critical Role of Intelligence Impacted the Outcome of Lee’s Invasion of the North. June-July 1865. It is a … Continue reading

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Eyewitness described death of Lancaster’s General Reynolds at Gettysburg

John Fulton Reynolds was perhaps the best known Civil War soldier from the Susquehanna Valley region. The major general commanded a wing of the Army of the Potomac, including his own First Army Corps, during the June 1863 march from … Continue reading

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Altoona soldier wrote home from York’s Camp Scott

The 3rd Pennsylvania Infantry, under the command of Colonel Francis C. Minier of Blair County, was among the three-month regiments being trained at Camp Scott on the York Fairgrounds near the intersection of E. King and S. Queen Streets. One … Continue reading

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