Category Archives: Civilians

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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Confederate officer left receipt for taking York County farmer’s mules

As the Confederate army invaded Pennsylvania in late June 1863, foraging patrols scoured the countryside for fresh horses, mules, and supplies, often paying with Confederate script. Officers were supposed to leave a signed receipt for what their men procured. Few … Continue reading

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York County’s Copperheads clashed with pro-Lincoln loyalists

This satirical cartoon from Harper’s Weekly depicts members of the pro-peace wing of the Democratic Party as copperhead snakes, a characterization made popular in the Republican press. The artist suggests that the “Copperheads” as being a threat to the safety … 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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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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Jubal Early’s Rebels raided York merchant P. A. Small

This image from the files of the York County Heritage Trust shows the Centre Square in downtown York, Pennsylvania, during the middle of the 19th century. The two market sheds gave rise to the name Market Street for the east-east … Continue reading

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There’s money in those rafters in Spry!

York County, Pennsylvania, still retains in places vestiges of its once thriving agricultural heritage, particularly with the huge, bank barns (often painted red) which once dominated the roadsides leading into York borough from all directions. One of those roads, now … Continue reading

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A Rebel Sunday in York, Pa.

This photo from the files of the York County Heritage Trust shows the old market sheds at he intersection of Market Street and George Street (left) in downtown York, Pennsylvania. The building with the buggies and wagons in front of … Continue reading

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Fear in the Susquehanna Valley – the Emergency of 1862: Part 3

The Capitol Grounds at Harrisburg turned into a camp [Theodore R. Davis sketch which first appeared in Harper’s Weekly, October 4, 1862]. www.sonofthesouth.net The Pennsylvania Legislature had created laws concerning the creation and utilization of a state militia back during … Continue reading

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