Category Archives: Union camp sites

Images of old Camp Scott: a Civil War training facility in York, PA.

During the first couple of years of the American Civil War, Camp Scott in York PA was one of the leading training facilities in southern Pennsylvania for the Union army. Thousands of soldiers from New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and other … Continue reading

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Camp Freedom near Shrewsbury was a Union army campsite & pre-war Methodist camp meeting site

In the early and mid-19th century, this grove of trees (now a modern housing development) was Lowe’s Camp Ground, a very popular gathering place along the Susquehanna Trail just south of Shrewsbury, Pennsylvania, on the highway between Baltimore, Md., and … Continue reading

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“The post was not a comfortable one:” The 12th PA Infantry visits York’s Camp Scott

Pennsylvania and Ohio troops at Camp Scott in York, Pa. – May 25, 1861 (Harper’s Weekly) Background post: “A Perfect Storm of Flowers“ Shortly after the bombardment of Fort Sumter, President Abraham Lincoln called for a massive volunteer army to … Continue reading

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Exploration of old earthworks defending Hanover Junction during the Gettysburg Campaign: Part 1

I have frequently in the past about Lt. Col. Elijah V. White and his “Comanches” of the 35th Battalion, Virginia Cavalry and their raid on Hanover Junction, Pennsylvania. Recently a representative from the county parks system (a geologist), a docent … Continue reading

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1879 lithograph shows York 16 years after the Rebel invasion

This detail from a colorful lithograph published by A Hoen & Co. of Baltimore in 1879 depicts many of the same buildings in downtown York which would have been familiar to the residents during the Civil War, as well as … Continue reading

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Power’s Hill tree-clearing at Gettysburg

Power’s Hill is being cleared by the National Park Service to more closely resemble its appearance during the 1863 Battle of Gettysburg. The hill, located along the Baltimore Pike, was a Union artillery platform on July 2-3 and helped bombard … Continue reading

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Jacob Huber farm was Rebel artillery position during the Skirmish of Wrightsville

The Skirmish of Wrightsville was one of the largest military engagements in the history of York County, Pennsylvania, at least in terms of the number of soldiers engaged. On Sunday evening, June 28, 1863, more than 2,000 veteran Confederate soldiers … Continue reading

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Hunterstown PA hosts annual Civil War event and battlefield tour

Authors Steve Stanley (left) and J. David Petruzzi were among the special guests at the annual “Battle of Hunterstown Walking Tour” and associated events held at the historic Tate Farm near the Hunterstown, PA battlefield. Fought on July 2, 1863, … Continue reading

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Civil War rifle pits protected the Northern Central Railway

In mid-June 1863, the 20th Pennsylvania Volunteer Militia came to York County, Pa. to protect vital railroad bridges on the Northern Central Railway. Hastily organized in Philadelphia by Colonel William B. Thomas, the Port Collector, most of the 950+ men … Continue reading

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A Letter from Camp Scott (York, Pa.) – May 4, 1861

Pennsylvania and Ohio troops at Camp Scott in York, Pa. – May 25, 1861 (Harper’s Weekly) Background post: “A Perfect Storm of Flowers“ In mid-April 1861, significant numbers of newly raised Union volunteer troops organized and trained at Camp Scott … Continue reading

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