Category Archives: Civilians

4,000 attended parade & dedication of Dover’s Civil War tablet to Jeb Stuart: Part 4

More than 4,000 people had crammed into tiny Dover, Pennsylvania, on November 23, 1907, to watch a parade and then attend the unveiling ceremonies for a metal tablet commemorating Dover’s role in the Gettysburg Campaign; specifically, Jeb Stuart’s stay at … Continue reading

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4,000 attended parade & dedication of Dover’s Civil War tablet to Jeb Stuart: Part 3

Stuart’s two-day ride through York County caused calamity for the citizenry. His division’s horses were exhausted from the long ride from Salem, Virginia, through Maryland and then the mounted fighting at Hanover, Pennsylvania, on June 30, 1863. Then, the weary … Continue reading

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4,000 attended parade & dedication of Dover’s Civil War tablet to Jeb Stuart: Part 2

Major General J.E.B. Stuart led more than 4,500 veteran Confederate cavalrymen through western York County on June 30, 1863, following the Battle of Hanover. His men paused for the night in fields surrounding Dover, Pennsylvania, before heading northward on July … Continue reading

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4,000 attended parade & dedication of Dover’s Civil War tablet to Jeb Stuart: Part 1

It was late November 1907, the Saturday before Thanksgiving. All morning, crowds jammed the main roads leading into the small village of Dover, Pennsylvania. They came on foot, by horse, carriage, and other conveyances. They were assembling to listen to … Continue reading

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Young York businessman attended Lincoln’s first inauguration

It was March 4, 1861. After a bitter and contentious election that saw, for the first time, a Republican take the presidency, it was time for that man, former Illinois congressman Abraham Lincoln, to take office. In the intervening months … Continue reading

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Extra Billy’s boys devastated North York farm

Today, thousands of motorists travel through the intersection of U.S. Route 30 (Loucks Road) and N. George Street in North York and Manchester Township, York County, PA. Few, if any, are aware that back in late June 1863, during the … Continue reading

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Novel recalls Union veteran’s actual post-war reconciliation march through Dixie

Following the Civil War, most veterans returned home to their families, jobs, and communities. Some found things unchanged; others faced uncertain futures, particularly in the South. Large numbers of veterans struggled with chronic illnesses and pain; some ended up in … Continue reading

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JEB Stuart’s Rebel cavalrymen camped in Dover man’s fields

I frequently peruse eBay and other on-line auction sites looking for photographs/CDVs of York Countians from the Civil War era. Often, they are unidentified. Every now and then, I purchase one that is of a known person. Recently, I was … Continue reading

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York’s Underground Railroad Heroes: William Yocum

Old West gunslingers, marshals, sheriffs, and cowboys have always fascinated me. As a lad, I read as many books as I could on the topic. Names such as Bat Masterson, Wild “Bill” Hickok, Calamity Jane, Billy the Kid, and Jesse … Continue reading

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Historic Underground Railroad station near Wrightsville faces uncertain future: Part 1

Back in June of this year, I published a well-received blog entry briefly outlining the history of the “Hybla” property and its signature 18th-century stone farmhouse just west of Wrightsville, Pennsylvania. Not only was this the sturdy home of Underground … Continue reading

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