Category Archives: Yankees

Eyewitness described death of Lancaster’s General Reynolds at Gettysburg

John Fulton Reynolds was perhaps the best known Civil War soldier from the Susquehanna Valley region. The major general commanded a wing of the Army of the Potomac, including his own First Army Corps, during the June 1863 march from … Continue reading

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Altoona soldier wrote home from York’s Camp Scott

The 3rd Pennsylvania Infantry, under the command of Colonel Francis C. Minier of Blair County, was among the three-month regiments being trained at Camp Scott on the York Fairgrounds near the intersection of E. King and S. Queen Streets. One … Continue reading

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“Emergency Man” recalls defense of the Columbia-Wrightsville Bridge

Sunday, June 28, 2015, marks the 152nd anniversary of the destruction of one of the world’s longest covered bridges, the mile-and-a-quarter-long span across the Susquehanna River between Wrightsville in eastern York County and Columbia in western Lancaster County. The bridge … Continue reading

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Gettysburg Announces July 1-3 Battle Anniversary Events on the Battlefield

Gettysburg National Military Park will commemorate the 152nd Anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg, July 1-3, with a variety of free ranger guided programs that examine the people, places, and events that made the three day battle a turning point … Continue reading

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New book on famed Admiral David Farragut

David Glasgow Farragut is a revered name in 19th-century United States Naval lore. Largely forgotten today by the general public other than Civil War buffs, in his day Farragut was one of the most well known American military figures. He … Continue reading

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Full division of troops occupied York’s Camp Scott in May 1861

Pennsylvania and Ohio troops at Camp Scott in York, Pa. – May 25, 1861 (Harper’s Weekly) Camp Scott, named for army commander General Winfield Scott, was located at the intersection of E. King Street and S. Queen Street in York, … Continue reading

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New book on the last year of the Civil War

150 years ago this spring the American Civil War finally ended after four years of bloodshed, turmoil, and heartaches uncountable. More than 700,000 young men lay dead, with tens of thousands more maimed, disabled, sick, or otherwise permanently incapacitated. Residents … Continue reading

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The Madman and the Assassin: The Strange Life of Boston Corbett, the Man who Killed John Wilkes Booth

April 2015 marks the 150th anniversary of the Abraham Lincoln assassination. As such, several new books are now in print remembering various aspects of the tragedy. Among them is The Madman and the Assassin: The Strange Life of Boston Corbett, … Continue reading

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York County soldier was at Appomattox; saw General Lee

Thousands of men from York County served in the Union army (and a handful in the Confederate army) during the American Civil War. Only a handful, however, ever recorded seeing legendary Confederate General Robert E. Lee in person. One hundred … Continue reading

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New booklet from author Cooper Wingert

Popular Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, author Cooper H. Wingert has self-published a small, but interesting booklet with several never-before-published letters from Civil War soldiers from the Cumberland Valley region of Pennsylvania. He has also included a few scarcely known newspaper clippings … Continue reading

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