Category Archives: Civilians

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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Fear in the Susquehanna Valley – the Emergency of 1862: Part 2

  Previous post: Fear in the Susquehanna Valley – the Emergency of 1862: Part 1 Reports circulated in York County the first week of September 1862 that General Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia was moving northward toward the … Continue reading

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U.S. Committee on War Claims denied Wrightsville residents’ Federal claims

Several residents of Wrightsville, Pennsylvania, filed damage claims following the Civil War for the loss of their homes, businesses, and shops caused when the riverfront area caught fire from flaming embers from the burning of the covered bridge (it had … Continue reading

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Knights of the Golden Circle made post-war “appearance”

During the 1863 Gettysburg Campaign dozens of Confederate soldiers, including generals Jubal Early and J.E.B. Stuart, reported encountering Pennsylvania farmers who frantically made strange hand gestures, often while waving yellow pieces of printed paper and/or exclaiming certain words. It did … Continue reading

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