Category Archives: Civil War people

New booklet from author Cooper Wingert

Popular Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, author Cooper H. Wingert has self-published a small, but interesting booklet with several never-before-published letters from Civil War soldiers from the Cumberland Valley region of Pennsylvania. He has also included a few scarcely known newspaper clippings … Continue reading

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“Kindly Friend Willis” was conductor on the Underground Railroad

According to the Library of Congress, the Willis House is the most pretentious and academically correct example of eighteenth century English domestic architecture in York County. The builder, William Willis, was a Quaker farmer and mason who built the York … Continue reading

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York CWRT presents an evening with Brig. Gen. Horace Porter

  The guest speaker for the April 15th. York Civil War Round Table meeting at 7 p.m. will be Mike Reetz, portraying Brigadier General Horace Porter, an aide-de-camp to Gen. U.S. Grant. The topic of his presentation will be “How … Continue reading

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Dr. Chuck Teague Returns to York CWRT on March 18

  In commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, the York Civil War Round Table will feature Dr. Charles Teague at its monthly meeting on March 18, 2015. Ranger Teague will present a PowerPoint talk … Continue reading

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Ex-slave of Confederate officer died in Hanover in 1910

In the years following the Civil War, hundreds of former Southern slaves seeking a fresh start settled in the Susquehanna Valley. Among them was George Keyes, a Virginia-born slave who was present at the 1861¬† battle of Ball’s Bluff near … Continue reading

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The Runaway Balloon

When the Union army headed north in June 1863 for the summer campaign, it left behind its observation balloon which had been floating high enough for riders to observe the distant Confederate lines. Hence, there were no balloons at the … Continue reading

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Black History Month: Events at the Gorsuch Tavern helped spark the 1851 Christiana Riots

Long before the construction of Interstate 83, the York Road was the main thoroughfare between York, Pennsylvania, and Baltimore, Maryland. The well traveled road predates colonial times. Hungry and thirsty travelers could find rest and refreshment at roadside¬† inns, including … Continue reading

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One of the Rebels buried in York PA likely identified

Five Confederate soldiers are buried in Prospect Hill Cemetery along N. George Street in York, Pennsylvania. According to local information, all were prisoners of war who were wounded in battle, taken to York for treatment, and then perished from their … Continue reading

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Black History Month: Corporal Henry Bear, 127th USCT

York Civil War researcher and author Dennis W. Brandt is perhaps best known for his award-winning book on the 87th Pennsylvania Infantry (From Home Guards to Heroes). He has also spent countless hours collecting information on Civil War soldiers from … Continue reading

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Black history month: Eli Grey, Civil War-era barber in York

Eli Grey (also spelled Gray in some accounts) was a fixture in downtown York, Pennsylvania, during the Civil War years (1861-1865). Since medieval times, surgeons and physicians often also doubled as barbers (hence the red stripes for blood on traditional … Continue reading

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