Category Archives: Civil War people

What became of York’s flag taken by the Rebels in June 1863?

After Gordon’s Rebels hauled down the flag from Centre Square, its whereabouts quickly became uncertain to the residents of York. Rumors and tales abounded, including a story that General Gordon tied it to his horse’s tail and dragged it in … Continue reading

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Excellent new book on the Battle of Allatoona Pass released

Brad Butkovich is well known in the hobby of Civil War miniature wargaming for his series of outstanding, well researched scenario books which gamers use to recreate battles in the Western Theater. He has developed a well deserved reputation for … Continue reading

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A visitor from Virginia — 151 years ago today

On Sunday, June 28, 1863, more than 6,000 Confederate soldiers under the command of Maj. Gen. Jubal A. Early marched or rode into downtown York, Pennsylvania. They encamped in and around the town, with unlimbered artillery pieces frowning from the … Continue reading

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New book recounts wartime remembrances of Army of the Potomac’s Chief of Scouts

Judson Knight for part of the American Civil War served as the Chief of Scouts for the Army of the Potomac. He performed well in that role and received the commendations of Generals U. S. Grant and George G. Meade. … Continue reading

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York PA soldier left colorful description of “ragged Rebels”

  Confederate soldiers pause during a march through Frederick, Maryland. The exact date and the identity of the troops pictured are both uncertain.   Corporal Abraham Rudisill of Battery G, 1st Pennsylvania Light Artillery hailed from York, Pennsylvania. Older than … Continue reading

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York CWRT presents “The Underground Railroad in York County” on June 18

Did you know York County residents collectively once owned hundreds of slaves, and the last person still held as a slave died in the 1840s near Hanover? Did you know the county was a hotbed of activity for the Underground … Continue reading

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“Jubal’s in the Valley: The Battle of Monocacy 150th Anniversary” at York CWRT on May 21

Historian and author Gail Stephens will be the featured speaker at the monthly meeting of the York Civil War Round Table on Wednesday, May 21, 2014, at 7 p.m. The presentation topic of the evening will be “Jubal’s in the … Continue reading

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Interesting new book looks at the cast and crew at Ford’s Theater during and after Lincoln Assassination

Scores, perhaps hundreds, of books have dealt with the April 1865 assassination of Abraham Lincoln at Ford’s Theater in Washington, D. C. All of them, of course, deal with famed actor John Wilkes Booth and the pistol shot that likely … Continue reading

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Work restarted on turning Goodridge-Dempwolf house into Underground Railroad Museum

William C. Goodridge was born a slave in Maryland, but became a free and prosperous business man in York, Pennsylvania, in the decades before the American Civil War. He owned a multistory emporium on York’s center square as well as … Continue reading

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Lincoln reenactor plays piano as fundraiser for Steam into History

Steam into History, Inc. and the Maryland Conservatory of Music are co-sponsoring a special evening with Dr. Duke Thompson as he portrays Abraham Lincoln and plays the piano. This event will take place on Sunday night, April 27, 2014, at … Continue reading

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