Category Archives: Civilians

Soldier in the 27th New York complimented York County

Tens of thousands of Union soldiers passed through York County during the Civil War, with many receiving their initial training at Camp Scott on the old fairgrounds off the intersection of E. King and S. Queen streets in downtown York. … Continue reading

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National Civil War Museum Announces Fall Lecture Series

Wayne Motts has announced the lineup for the 2015 Fall Lecture Series at the National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg, and what an impressive group of speakers he has assembled! Garry Adelman, Carl Westmoreland, Brian Jordan, and Kevin Levin — … Continue reading

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Road Trip: The Southern Museum of Locomotive and Civil War History

In affiliation with the Smithsonian Institution, the Southern Museum of Civil War  and Locomotive History, according to the organization’s website, is “home to the General locomotive, stolen during the Civil War’s Great Locomotive Chase; a reproduction of the locomotive assembly … Continue reading

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Spy Stories

Savas Beatie LLC has just published Tom Ryan’s excellent new book on Spies, Scouts, and Secrets in the Gettysburg Campaign: How the Critical Role of Intelligence Impacted the Outcome of Lee’s Invasion of the North. June-July 1865. It is a … Continue reading

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Lincoln used prominent anti-slavery bishop to influence British opinion

During the first half of the 19th century, citizens in the young country of the United States of America found plenty of topics of dissension. Besides fighting British, Native Americans, North Africans, and Mexicans in military conflicts, residents quarreled on … Continue reading

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Some York Countians fled as Rebels approached in June 1863

In mid-June 1863, more than 6,600 Confederate soldiers approached York County from the west. Their commander, Major General Jubal A. Early, was a West Point graduate, a veteran of the Mexican War, and one of the Confederacy’s more aggressive generals. … Continue reading

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New book on alleged Lincoln conspirator John Surratt

Many Americans are aware of the role Mrs. Mary Surratt reportedly played in the Lincoln assassination. The military tribunal hearing the case convicted her in being involved in the heinous crime, though her exact role is debated. She reportedly helped … Continue reading

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New booklet on JEB Stuart’s Ride through York County

A couple of years ago, I wrote a series of blog posts (the “In the Footsteps of J.E.B. Stuart” series) on the damage claims York County farmers filed after the Civil War for horses, supplies, and personal goods taken by … Continue reading

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“Kindly Friend Willis” was conductor on the Underground Railroad

According to the Library of Congress, the Willis House is the most pretentious and academically correct example of eighteenth century English domestic architecture in York County. The builder, William Willis, was a Quaker farmer and mason who built the York … Continue reading

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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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