Category Archives: Confederates

Confederate mapmakers prepared for the invasion of Pennsylvania

During the winter of 1862-1863, famed Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and T. J. “Stonewall” Jackson planned a possible invasion of the North, with a focus on central Maryland and south-central Pennsylvania. Jackson had long advocated such an incursion, aimed … Continue reading

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The last surviving resident to see the Confederates enter York?

This impressive mansion of railroad magnate Charles Billmeyer was newly built when almost 1,000 Confederate soldiers tramped past on June 28 and 29, 1863 on their way to and from Wrightsville in their effort to seize the Columbia Bridge. York … Continue reading

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A Rebel Sunday in York, Pa.

This photo from the files of the York County Heritage Trust shows the old market sheds at he intersection of Market Street and George Street (left) in downtown York, Pennsylvania. The building with the buggies and wagons in front of … Continue reading

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York CWRT to discuss role of 26th North Carolina at Gettysburg on January 15

The York Civil War Round Table will feature author Eric Lindblade at its monthly meeting¬†on January 15, 2014. ¬†The topic of the evening will be “The Battle was Grand, Sublime, and Awful: The 26th North Carolina and the Battle of … Continue reading

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The only Confederate casualty in the skirmish of Wrightsville

This original handwritten casualty report was written shortly after the battle of Gettysburg and recaps the killed, wounded, and missing from Jubal Early’s division. This section is for the June 28, 1863, skirmish at Wrightsville, Pennsylvania, where Brig. Gen. John … Continue reading

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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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