Category Archives: Yankees

New book looks at immigrant Civil War soldiers who received the Medal of Honor

Corporal Peter McAdams, of Company A, 98th Pennsylvania, received the Medal of Honor  for his actions on May 3, 1863, at the battle of Salem Church in northern Virginia. His citation reads “Went 250 yards in front of his regiment … 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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Hanover veteran fought at the battle of Gettysburg; supposedly only man from the town to do so

Hanover, Pennsylvania, played in interesting role in the Gettysburg Campaign. Dozens of men from the town and surrounding countryside enrolled in the 26th Pennsylvania Volunteer Militia, one of the emergency regiments raised to try to delay the Rebel invaders until … Continue reading

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Penn State’s Beaver Stadium named for Civil War general

Beaver Stadium. Happy Valley. We are… Penn State. JoePa. Names and terms most Pennsylvanians are very familiar with, at least in the context of Saturday afternoons in State College. But, did you know that Beaver Stadium is named for a … Continue reading

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Columbia soldiers complained about conditions at early war Camp Scott

This illustration shows Camp Scott at the old York Agricultural Fairgrounds in York, Pennsylvania. Very early in the Civil War, Federal authorities converted the fairgrounds into an army base named for commander-in-chief Winfield Scott. Spring rains soon transformed the camp, … Continue reading

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Thomas Welsh Symposium set for Columbia PA on Oct. 19

Rick Wiggin is a descendant of Union general Thomas Welsh, who led a brigade at Antietam and later fought in the Vicksburg Campaign under U.S. Grant. For several years, Wiggin has organized a symposium based on the Welsh’s life in … Continue reading

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Harrisburg CWRT presents “US Grant, Soldier and Statesman” at Oct. meeting

For our Friday October 25th meeting, the Harrisburg Civil War Round Table is proud to have Prof. Leonard J. Fullenkamp speak to us on the life and times of one of the Union’s best generals, Ulysses S. Grant.  Professor Fullenkamp … 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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S. Thomas Summers issues second book of Civil War poetry

S. Thomas Summers is a teacher of Writing and Literature at Wayne Hills High School in Wayne, NJ and an adjunct writing professor at Passaic County Community College in Wanaque, NJ. Mr. Summers is an accomplished and well regarded poet … Continue reading

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Hanover Junction, Pa. man murdered by Union soldiers in Maryland

Hanover Junction, Pennsylvania, has a storied history, including visits by several presidents such as Abraham Lincoln. An important railroad intersection during the Civil War, more than 11,000 wounded soldiers were evacuated by rail from the Gettysburg battlefield through the junction … Continue reading

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