Category Archives: Confederates

Escape! Rebel POW slips across rural York County into Maryland: Part 2

Part 1 of this brief series introduced Confederate Captain Robert D. Chapman, a daredevil who was not contented with the prospects of passive captivity as a prisoner of war. He escaped from the Union army at Cumberland Gap, ran off … Continue reading

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Escape! Rebel POW slips across rural York County into Maryland: Part 1

At the start of the Civil War in 1861, a 21-year-old Georgia man named Robert D. Chapman was swept up in the patriotic fervor. With several friends, he enlisted in the 112-man “Miller County Wild Cats,” which soon became Company … Continue reading

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York County guitarist set ancestor’s Civil War diary to music

Jeff Stike is a country singer/songwriter/guitarist from the scenic Peach Bottom area in southern York County, Pennsylvania.He grew up in northern Maryland and had a strong interest in military history and country music. He played with various bands, was a … Continue reading

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First JEB Stuart strikes; then a triple murder near Round Top: Part 1

This seemingly bucolic illustration from Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper for July 14, 1886, shows the modest, somewhat ramshackle homestead of George and Mary (Bell) Squibb in Warrington Township in northwestern York County, Pennsylvania. The Squibbs were modest people, by all … Continue reading

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Interesting new Smithsonian book & 3D viewer set: The Civil War in 3D

The Smithsonian has recently released a wonderful new set of 35 stereoscopic images of the Civil War, a sturdy metal 3D viewer, and a full color photo book by long-time military historian Michael Stephenson. Entitled Smithsonian Institution’s Civil War in … Continue reading

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York County’s Civil War questions: Part 2

A jauntily clad Union cavalry stands guard over Penn Common in this detail from the York County Civil War Soldiers and Sailors Monument. Thousands of young men from the county joined the army and thousands more men and women supported … Continue reading

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New book on the legendary Stonewall Jackson

Thomas Jonathan Jackson at the beginning of the War Between the States was a rather obscure Confederate general. A professor at the Virginia Military Academy, he had enough political connections, military training, and stature to secure a commission as a … 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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CSA generals’ graves in Spring Hill Cemetery, Lynchburg VA

In my previous Cannonball post, I showed photos of the grave of Confederate General Jubal Anderson Early and briefly summarized his expedition through York County, PA, during the 1863 Gettysburg Campaign. Early is the most notable person interred in Spring … Continue reading

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Jubal Early’s grave in Lynchburg, Virginia

For three days in late June 1863, the phrase “General Early” was quite familiar to many of the 60,000+ residents of York County, Pennsylvania. Confederate Major General Jubal Anderson Early, a vitriolic commander noted as much for his profane temper … Continue reading

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