Category Archives: Underground Railroad

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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An Underground Railroad Story from York County, Pa.

“In 1842 a party of sixteen slaves came to York, Pa., from Baltimore county, Md. Here they were taken in charge by William Wright, Joel Fisher, Dr. Lewis, and William Yocum. The last named was a constable, and used to … Continue reading

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New Pinterest page for “Civil War in York County, Pa.”

I have recently decided to start a series of boards on the popular social media site, Pinterest, to showcase some of my diverse interests such as Civil War miniature wargaming, Civil War toy soldiers and collectibles, postcards, and the like. … Continue reading

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New book! The Civil War in Pennsylvania: A Photographic History

Ken Turner has amassed one of the largest private collections of Civil War photographs in the entire country, with a focus on Pennsylvania-related topics such as soldiers, places, civilians, and events. A small portion of his holdings have been professionally … Continue reading

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Camp Freedom near Shrewsbury was a Union army campsite & pre-war Methodist camp meeting site

In the early and mid-19th century, this grove of trees (now a modern housing development) was Lowe’s Camp Ground, a very popular gathering place along the Susquehanna Trail just south of Shrewsbury, Pennsylvania, on the highway between Baltimore, Md., and … Continue reading

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Rebels en route to Wrightsville stole horses from farmer Jacob Ruby near Hellam

The old stone house shown above sits on the south side of State Route 462 just east of Hellam, Pennsylvania, in eastern York County. Hundreds of cars drive past it every day. Back on June 28, 1863, more than a … Continue reading

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Wayside markers tell the story of York, Pa. during the Civil War

York, Pennsylvania, during the American Civil War hosted a major U.S. Army Hospital, a large military training camp for the Union army, and important manufacturing concerns which made such military items as railroad cars. The borough of some 8,600 (according … Continue reading

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Baltimore sued Northern Central Railway for selling ticket to runaway slave: Part 2

A previous post explored a controversial May 1855 situation in Hanover, Pennsylvania, when a railroad ticket agent sold a ticket to a young black man, despite protests from white onlookers that the man and his two companions in reality were … Continue reading

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Baltimore sued Northern Central Railway for selling ticket to runaway slave: Part 1

The laws of Maryland prohibited aiding or assisting a runaway slave in any manner. The Federal Fugitive Slave law reinforced these regulations, and being caught helping a fugitive became a serious offense which could lead to prison and/or fines. The … Continue reading

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York CWRT to feature Debra Sandoe McCauslin discussing Black Voices of Gettysburg

The York Civil War Round Table will feature author and historian Debra Sandoe McCauslin at its monthly meeting on Wednesday, February 15, 2012. The topic of the evening will be “Echoes from the Past: African-American Voices at Gettysburg.” Little has … Continue reading

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