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Escape! Rebel POW slips across rural York County into Maryland: Part 3

Confederate Captain Robert D. Chapman was a determined young man. Taken prisoner at Cumberland Gap when his regiment surrendered to General Burnside’s Yankees, the young Georgian managed to escape only to be captured by the Sizemore gang of thieving mountain … Continue reading

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Escape! Rebel POW slips across rural York County into Maryland: Part 2

Part 1 of this brief series introduced Confederate Captain Robert D. Chapman, a daredevil who was not contented with the prospects of passive captivity as a prisoner of war. He escaped from the Union army at Cumberland Gap, ran off … Continue reading

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Escape! Rebel POW slips across rural York County into Maryland: Part 1

At the start of the Civil War in 1861, a 21-year-old Georgia man named Robert D. Chapman was swept up in the patriotic fervor. With several friends, he enlisted in the 112-man “Miller County Wild Cats,” which soon became Company … Continue reading

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Connecticut soldiers played “cowboy”; returned stolen cows to Yorkers

A young Connecticut lad named William Caruthers had quite the experience as a Civil War soldier. His ancestors had immigrated to British North America in the early 1700s, but being loyalists fled the colonies during the American Revolution. Caruthers, born … 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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Rebels passed by Sultzbach’s Tannery en route to Wrightsville

On a cool Sunday afternoon, June 28, 1863, as rainclouds threatened, more than 2,000 well armed, veteran Confederate soldiers marched or rode past the sprawling Sultzbach tannery in Hellam Township in eastern York County, Pa. Consisting of 1,800 Georgia infantrymen, … 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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York County Civil War soldiers: Cpl. James C. McCurdy, 130th PA

Autographed CDV photo of J. C. McCurdy from the personal collection of Cannonball blogger Scott Mingus James Christopher McCurdy moved around a lot in his long life and apparently accomplished quite a bit. He was a soldier, school teacher, nationally … Continue reading

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Manchester Twp. “poor soljer” appealed to General Meade for a furlough

Lena Burial Park in Stephenson County, Illinois, is a long, long way from Manchester Township, York County, Pennsylvania. This photograph from Find-a-Grave’s Diane Boand is illustrative of the post-Civil War trend for former soldiers to move west to seek new … Continue reading

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Sarcastic Gettysburg soldier sent letters home from York’s Camp Scott: Part 4

Shortly after the start of the Civil War, a Gettysburg-area soldier in the 2nd Pennsylvania Infantry stationed at Camp Scott (above) in York PA mailed a series of letters back to Henry J. Stahle, the editor of the Gettysburg Compiler. … Continue reading

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