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York PA soldier left colorful description of “ragged Rebels”

  Confederate soldiers pause during a march through Frederick, Maryland. The exact date and the identity of the troops pictured are both uncertain.   Corporal Abraham Rudisill of Battery G, 1st Pennsylvania Light Artillery hailed from York, Pennsylvania. Older than … Continue reading

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York US Army Hospital patient wrote home 4 weeks before Rebels occupied facility

George D. Thomas hailed from Blair County, Pennsylvania. He joined the Union army on September 18, 1862, the day after the bloody battle of Antietam down in Maryland. Thomas mustered in as a private in Company H of the 110th … Continue reading

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Major General John F. Reynolds to appear at York CWRT on Feb. 19

Living historian Michael A. Riley will appear at the February 19, 2014, monthly meeting of the York Civil War Round Table. He portrays Union Major General John F. Reynolds. Commander of the I Corps of the Army of the Potomac … Continue reading

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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]. www.sonofthesouth.net 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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