Category Archives: Civilians

Painter Horace Bonham was accused of disloyalty during the Civil War

Horace Bonham is a well-known name in 19th-century art circles. Born November 25, 1835, in York, PA, he studied abroad after the Civil War and became noted as a prolific painter of portraits, group or crowd scenes, and scenery before … Continue reading

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Army hospital administrator preferred York-made cast iron stoves

In the late spring of 1862, the United States Army established a 1,000-bed hospital on the grounds of what is now Penn Park on the south side of York, Pennsylvania. Over time, the hospital expanded to 1,600 beds and finally … Continue reading

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Hospital patient accused of thievery at York bar

During the first winter of Civil War (1861-82), the Union Army operated a training camp for the 6th New York Cavalry on Penn Commons (now Penn Park) on the south side of York, Pennsylvania. Colonel Thomas Devin, later to lead … Continue reading

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A virtual tour of Joanna Furnace near Reading, PA: Part 1

On Sunday evening, March 18, 2018, I presented a PowerPoint talk on the defense of the Columbia-Wrightsville Bridge during the Civil War to a packed house in the old Mule Stable of the restored Joanna Furnace complex in southern Berks … Continue reading

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York County’s Underground Railroad Heroes: Jacob Wirt of Hanover

Jacob Wirt was a prominent 19th-century businessman and civic leader in Hanover, Pennsylvania. He owned a dry goods and general merchandise store on the town square, was active in the coal and lumber business, and was the first president of … Continue reading

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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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