Category Archives: Yankees

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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Union Warriors: A Lancaster County Company Fights the Civil War

The Lancaster Civil War Round Table welcomes local historian, Vincent Slaugh, as speaker on Thursday, January 9, 2014. His presentation will follow ten soldiers of Lancaster’s own Company E, 79th Pennsylvania, through the war, and try to understand their lives … Continue reading

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’Give It To Them, My Tulips!:’ The Life and Death of Colonel Augustus Van Horne Ellis, 124th New York Infantry Regiment

On December 13th, the Harrisburg Civil War Round Table is proud to have one of our own members Ms. Linda Meeneghan give us an overview of Augustus Van Horne Ellis, colonel of the 124 New York Volunteers. He was killed … Continue reading

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Fear in the Susquehanna Valley – the Emergency of 1862: Part 3

The Capitol Grounds at Harrisburg turned into a camp [Theodore R. Davis sketch which first appeared in Harper’s Weekly, October 4, 1862]. The Pennsylvania Legislature had created laws concerning the creation and utilization of a state militia back during … Continue reading

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Fear in the Susquehanna Valley – the Emergency of 1862: Part 1

In early September 1862, thousands of residents of the border counties of south-central Pennsylvania packed up their valuables, gathered their horses and livestock, and trekked north or east toward the Susquehanna River crossings. Many of the travelers passed through downtown … Continue reading

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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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