Category Archives: Gettysburg Campaign

76th NY soldier wounded at Gettysburg passed through York County

Following the battle of Gettysburg, scores of wounded men on their own headed for the nearest operational train stations to seek medical attention beyond what the overcrowded temporary field hospitals could provide. Among them was 28-year-old Lt. Lucien Davis of … Continue reading

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“The Lions of Gettysburg: Barksdale and the 13th Mississippi”

Dr. Christopher J. Lahr of Mississippi and several colleagues are collaborating on a new multi-media project on Confederate Brigadier General William Barksdale and his brigade of Mississippi infantry regiments at the battle of Gettysburg on July 2, 1863. The fiery … Continue reading

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New Gettysburg book from Union generals’ perspective

“The Yankees had something to do with it,” Maj. Gen. George Pickett reportedly said when asked why the Army of Northern Virginia had lost the battle of Gettysburg. Author Kerry Hotaling uses that well known phrase as the title of … Continue reading

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York County Parks planning Gettysburg bus trip! Public welcome!

The York County Department of Parks and Recreation will host a Geology and History of the Gettysburg National Military Park bus trip from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Sunday, October 11, 2015. Departure will be from the John Rudy … Continue reading

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Remembering a fallen Civil War soldier from York, Pa.

Several thousand men from York County, Pennsylvania, served in the Union army during the Civil War, scattered among more than two dozen regiments or artillery batteries. A few units had relatively large numbers of York Countians, including the 166th Pennsylvania … Continue reading

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York soldier wrote home from the Gettysburg battlefield

A Union artillery battery rumbles into position on the Gettysburg battlefield in this Scott Mingus photograph of a section of the Gettysburg Cyclorama. The Rudisills remain one of the longstanding families in York County, Pennsylvania, dating back to the 18th … Continue reading

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Confederate colonel’s diary described “triumphal entry” into York

It was the bright, sunny Sunday morning of June 28, 1863. The macadamized turnpike west of York, Pennsylvania, was a beehive of activity as Virginia cavalrymen and advance scouts scurried from barn to barn and field to field seeking to … Continue reading

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York CWRT to host talk on “The Northern Central Railway in the Civil War”

The railroads of both the North and the South played important roles in the Civil War, perhaps more so than in any previous war. Troops, ammunition, supplies, horses and mules, coal for naval ships, and cargo of all sorts for … Continue reading

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Spy Stories

Savas Beatie LLC has just published Tom Ryan’s excellent new book on Spies, Scouts, and Secrets in the Gettysburg Campaign: How the Critical Role of Intelligence Impacted the Outcome of Lee’s Invasion of the North. June-July 1865. It is a … Continue reading

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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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