Category Archives: Civilians

York CWRT to discuss “Abolitionists of South Central Pennsylvania” on Feb. 21

PRESS RELEASE FROM THE YORK CWRT – On February 21, 2018, please join the York Civil War Round Table in its 21st campaign year, as the group welcomes local author and historian Cooper H. Wingert as their featured guest speaker. … Continue reading

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Pregnant woman buried scores of Gettysburg dead

The battle of Gettysburg on July 1-3, 1863, saw both heroes and cowards, brave men and shirkers, and the frightened and the arrogant. Soldiers, as well as civilians, were a mixture of those who kept their cool in the face … Continue reading

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Book features legendary Gettysburg relics collection

J. Howard Wert, a native of Gettysburg and a scout during the 1863 Gettysburg Campaign, came from a well-connected German-American family which had a deep connection to the early history of the United States. Family members fought in the French … Continue reading

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Is it honestly Abe?

The vast public holdings of the U. S. government include thousands of vintage photographs from the Civil War. At least six of them show Hanover Junction, Pennsylvania, and are credited to the Mathew Brady studio in Washington, D.C. They were … Continue reading

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The surrender: did York really have a choice?

For more than 150 years, residents and writers have debated whether the civic leaders of York, Pennsylvania, should have surrendered their town to a Confederate general during the Gettysburg Campaign. On Saturday, June 27, 1863, Chief Burgess David Small, two … Continue reading

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Mourning Customs during the Civil War period

More than 500 soldiers from York County, Pennsylvania, died in the Civil War, according to researcher Dennis W. Brandt, whose detailed database of local soldiers is available on line at the website of the York County History Center. The first … Continue reading

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More on the honest Rebel surgeon and the Rudy family of Hellam Township

Back in September, I wrote a blog post about Dr. E. A. Jelks of Quitman County, Georgia, who had purchased a farm horse during Brig. Gen. John B. Gordon’s march from York to Wrightsville during the Gettysburg Campaign. He had … Continue reading

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Sturdy iron safes survived devastating fires along Wrightsville’s riverfront

The Odd Fellows fraternities in York County, Pennsylvania, played a role in two incidents during the Civil War. In mid-July, 1863, thousands of wounded men from the battle of Gettysburg began to arrive at York’s 2,000-bed U. S. Army General … Continue reading

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York County saw several small Civil War skirmishes

I recently posted a blog entry about a small engagement during the Gettysburg Campaign in Dover Township between Jeb Stuart’s rear guard and a Union reconnaissance patrol that was shadowing his movements through York County. That posting prompted an inquiry … Continue reading

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Dover church’s 1907 sesquicentennial recalled Civil War events

Salem Church (also called Strayer’s Church and Salem Union Church) celebrated its sesquicentennial in May 1907 at the same time the congregation honored its pastor for his 20 years of continuous service at the church. The church building, located on … Continue reading

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