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Black History Month: Corporal Henry Bear, 127th USCT

York Civil War researcher and author Dennis W. Brandt is perhaps best known for his award-winning book on the 87th Pennsylvania Infantry (From Home Guards to Heroes). He has also spent countless hours collecting information on Civil War soldiers from … Continue reading

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Connecticut soldiers played “cowboy”; returned stolen cows to Yorkers

A young Connecticut lad named William Caruthers had quite the experience as a Civil War soldier. His ancestors had immigrated to British North America in the early 1700s, but being loyalists fled the colonies during the American Revolution. Caruthers, born … Continue reading

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York County Civil War soldiers: Cpl. James C. McCurdy, 130th PA

Autographed CDV photo of J. C. McCurdy from the personal collection of Cannonball blogger Scott Mingus James Christopher McCurdy moved around a lot in his long life and apparently accomplished quite a bit. He was a soldier, school teacher, nationally … Continue reading

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Manchester Twp. “poor soljer” appealed to General Meade for a furlough

Lena Burial Park in Stephenson County, Illinois, is a long, long way from Manchester Township, York County, Pennsylvania. This photograph from Find-a-Grave’s Diane Boand is illustrative of the post-Civil War trend for former soldiers to move west to seek new … Continue reading

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Sarcastic Gettysburg soldier sent letters home from York’s Camp Scott: Part 4

Shortly after the start of the Civil War, a Gettysburg-area soldier in the 2nd Pennsylvania Infantry stationed at Camp Scott (above) in York PA mailed a series of letters back to Henry J. Stahle, the editor of the Gettysburg Compiler. … Continue reading

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Sarcastic Gettysburg soldier sent letters home from York’s Camp Scott: Part 3

Union troops train at Camp Scott in York PA in the spring of 1861. Among them were the new recruits of the 2nd Pennsylvania Infantry, a three-month regiment which included a company (the “Independent Blues”) from Gettysburg and Adams County. … Continue reading

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Sarcastic Gettysburg soldier sent letters home from York’s Camp Scott: Part 2

This sketch from the New York Illustrated News shows Camp Scott, a Civil War training facility in York, Pennsylvania. In May 1861, a soldier of the 2nd Pennsylvania Infantry using the pen name “Bageney” sent several letters  home to the … Continue reading

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Sarcastic Gettysburg soldier sent letters home from York’s Camp Scott: Part 1

Shortly after the start of the American Civil War in 1861, the U.S. government established a series of training bases throughout the North. The largest one in Pennsylvania eventually became known as Camp Curtin, in honor of the commonwealth’s Republican … Continue reading

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Member of 28th Pennsylvania described visit to Hanover during the Gettysburg Campaign

Dr. Timothy J. Orr has edited a fascinating book based upon the Civil War letters of Sgt. Ambrose Henry Hayward of the 28th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. The 119 letters are housed in the special collections archive of Gettysburg College, and … Continue reading

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New book remembers Commander Will Cushing, Civil War naval officer and hero

Much media attention had focused this year on the Medal of Honor being awarded to an artillery officer, Alonzo Cushing, who heroically died defending his guns at the 1863 battle of Gettysburg during what became known as Pickett’s Charge. The … Continue reading

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