Category Archives: Confederates

Confederate diary entry for Jubal Early’s occupation of York

North Carolina soldiers from Jubal Early’s division of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia marched through York’s streets from June 28 until June 30, 1863, preceding the battle of Gettysburg. They camped in the army barracks at the old fairgrounds, … Continue reading

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New Cooper Wingert book has essays on Dick Ewell at Carlisle

Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, played a key role in the 1863 Gettysburg Campaign. As with neighboring York County, its strategic importance to Confederate military movements has been downplayed somewhat over the years as the focal shifted to Adams County and the … Continue reading

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Historic Wrightsville, Pa., Museum features Civil War displays

The historic town of Wrightsville, Pennsylvania, is nestled along the banks of the mile-wide Susquehanna River in eastern York County. Today it has about 2,300 residents, roughly double its size during the American Civil War. Some accounts suggest that this … Continue reading

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Historic Jonas Rupp House near Mechanicsburg, PA

This old stone house once was surrounded by rural farming country along Trindle Spring Road on the outskirts of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. It dates from 1787 when it was built by a man named Jonas Rupp. Now, the road is busy … Continue reading

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George Franks’ new book on the Battle of Falling Waters, 1863

One of the last battles of the 1863 Gettysburg Campaign took place near Williamsport, Maryland, when Union cavalry attacked the Confederate rear guard at Falling Waters, named for a nearby small waterfall in the Potomac River. The swirling fighting took … Continue reading

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Barksdale’s Charge: New book by Dr. Phillip Thomas Tucker

It was perhaps his finest hour as a military officer. It was also his last. In the late afternoon of July 2, 1863, Confederate Brigadier General William Barksdale led his veteran Mississippians forward on the Second Day of the Battle … Continue reading

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Stonewall Jackson and Winchester, Virginia is Topic at York CWRT on August 21

The York CWRT will feature author and historian Jerry W.¬†Holsworth at its monthly meeting on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 7 p.m. ¬†The meeting will be held at the Historical Society Museum, 250 E. Market St. in downtown York, Pennsylvania. … Continue reading

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Common (and not so common!) myths of the Gettysburg Campaign: Part 2

Background: Part 1 7) Abraham Lincoln wrote part of his Gettysburg Address on the train while at Hanover Junction — One old account says that a small boy peeked into the window while Lincoln’s train was parked at Hanover Junction, … Continue reading

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Did you know? 150 Civil War facts about York County, Pa.: Part 10

136. As the terms of enlistment expired for York County’s soldiers throughout the war, regiments or companies returned home. Often these homecomings were accompanied by parades, feasts, speeches, and/or other celebrations. One such instance was the return of the 130th … Continue reading

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Did you know? 150 Civil War facts about York County, Pa.: Part 9

121. At the start of the Civil War, the Wrightsville Star was a nonpartisan weekly newspaper serving Hellam Township, Wrightsville, and east-central York County. It had been in business since 1854. Typical of most small town papers, it had only … Continue reading

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