Category Archives: Yankees

New book looks at the origins of the Custer legends

As a small boy, I was fascinated by stories of Civil War generals from my native Ohio. I grew up 10 miles from Phil Sheridan’s boyhood home of Somerset and some 20 miles from William T. Sherman’s home in Lancaster. … Continue reading

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76th NY soldier wounded at Gettysburg passed through York County

Following the battle of Gettysburg, scores of wounded men on their own headed for the nearest operational train stations to seek medical attention beyond what the overcrowded temporary field hospitals could provide. Among them was 28-year-old Lt. Lucien Davis of … Continue reading

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Soldier in the 27th New York complimented York County

Tens of thousands of Union soldiers passed through York County during the Civil War, with many receiving their initial training at Camp Scott on the old fairgrounds off the intersection of E. King and S. Queen streets in downtown York. … Continue reading

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Road Trip: The Southern Museum of Locomotive and Civil War History

In affiliation with the Smithsonian Institution, the Southern Museum of Civil War  and Locomotive History, according to the organization’s website, is “home to the General locomotive, stolen during the Civil War’s Great Locomotive Chase; a reproduction of the locomotive assembly … Continue reading

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New Gettysburg book from Union generals’ perspective

“The Yankees had something to do with it,” Maj. Gen. George Pickett reportedly said when asked why the Army of Northern Virginia had lost the battle of Gettysburg. Author Kerry Hotaling uses that well known phrase as the title of … Continue reading

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Remembering a fallen Civil War soldier from York, Pa.

Several thousand men from York County, Pennsylvania, served in the Union army during the Civil War, scattered among more than two dozen regiments or artillery batteries. A few units had relatively large numbers of York Countians, including the 166th Pennsylvania … Continue reading

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York County antebellum militia groups enlisted in 16th PA at start of Civil War

At the start of the Civil War, across both the North and South tens of thousands of young men enlisted in the Union and Confederate armies. Some had previous military experience, including combat action in the Mexican War or other … Continue reading

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York soldier wrote home from the Gettysburg battlefield

A Union artillery battery rumbles into position on the Gettysburg battlefield in this Scott Mingus photograph of a section of the Gettysburg Cyclorama. The Rudisills remain one of the longstanding families in York County, Pennsylvania, dating back to the 18th … Continue reading

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Hupp’s Hill Civil War Park near Strasburg, Va.: Part 2

In Part 1 of this two-part Cannonball blog entry (sponsored by the York Daily Record newspaper), we will go inside the Hupp’s Hill Cedar Creek Museum. The site is just north of Strasburg, Virginia, alongside U.S. Route 11 (the old … Continue reading

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Hupp’s Hill Civil War Park near Strasburg, Va.: Part 1

On my way to a speaking engagement on “The Northern Central Railway in the Civil War” at the Civil War Institute at James Madison University, I stopped by the small, but interesting Hupp’s Hill Civil War Park just north of … Continue reading

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