Category Archives: Civilians

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: 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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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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First JEB Stuart strikes; then a triple murder near Round Top: Finale

The 1860 Census of Warrington Township shows Quaker farmer George Squibb, his wife Mary, one of their daughters (Maria Jane) and their granddaughters Sarah Seifert and Mary Jane Myers (the daughters of Caroline Emma Squibb). The old Quaker couple and … Continue reading

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First JEB Stuart strikes; then a triple murder near Round Top: Part 5

Sarah Emma Seifert, Mary (Bell) Squibb, and George Squibb lie side by side in the cemetery of Warrington Friends Meeting House. They are known in local history as “The Murdered Family.” But who killed them? (Photo by Scott Mingus, 12/6/14). … Continue reading

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First JEB Stuart strikes; then a triple murder near Round Top: Part 4

The weathered gravestone of Mary (Bell) and George S. Squibb is shown in this  photograph courtesy of York Countian Jeremy Easton. It is in the southwestern section of the cemetery of the Warrington Friends Meeting House along PA Route 74 … Continue reading

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First JEB Stuart strikes; then a triple murder near Round Top: Part 3

For parts 1 and 2 of this true crime story, click here and here. On the morning of Monday, June 18, 1866, George Snelbaker needed an auger for some chores. The 24-year-old man lived near his namesake grandfather, George S. … Continue reading

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First JEB Stuart strikes; then a triple murder near Round Top: Part 2

To read part one of this true crime story, click here. George and Mary Squibb had worshiped at the Warrington Meeting House (shown above in this Scott Mingus photograph) near Wellsville, Pennsylvania, for many years. George was a son Robert … Continue reading

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Roger Heller to discuss conscientious objectors on October 5 in York PA

Adams and York counties back during the mid-1800s were heavily pastoral. Many of the residents were of German origin, including hundreds of members of religious denominations with decided pacifist or non-interventionist ideals. An interesting and unique Civil War presentation is … Continue reading

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