Category Archives: Miscellaneous

Yorkers fought (& died) in the Mexican War: Part 3

Antebellum view of “Little York,” Pennsylvania. Detail from a 19th century lithograph in the author’s collection. A delegation of eight men had left York in the fall of 1847 to travel to Harrisburg to join a Philadelphia-based company of the … Continue reading

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Yorkers fought (& died) in the Mexican War: Part 2

The death of Jacob Danner in a field hospital near Puebla, Mexico, on September 10, 1847, reduced the York contingent in Company C of the 1st Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry to seven. Less than three weeks later, that number soon would … Continue reading

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Yorkers fought (& died) in the Mexican War: Part 1

Thousands of books have been written on the American Civil War, including hundreds and hundreds of personal diaries, memoirs, and journals from the soldiers and civilians who were eyewitnesses and/or participants in the bitter conflict. Many of the senior leaders … 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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The Runaway Balloon

When the Union army headed north in June 1863 for the summer campaign, it left behind its observation balloon which had been floating high enough for riders to observe the distant Confederate lines. Hence, there were no balloons at the … Continue reading

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York County’s Civil War questions: Part 1

During my book signings and lectures on York County’s Civil War history, I am frequently asked questions about various topics. Most of them are straight forward and I have a ready answer; a few are trickier to answer without researching … Continue reading

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Sharp political differences led to rowdiness in Lower Windsor Township

In September 1863, the York Gazette reported on a political event in southeastern York County, Pa., in which “Abolition rowdies” attempted to disrupt a meeting of Democrats in Lower Windsor Township. The township had for the past few years been … Continue reading

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New Civil War play to debut in August

A sweltering night in the Everglades. 1863. A fatal gunshot claims an unexpected victim, leaving a troop of Union soldiers more lost than ever. The War between the States becomes an inner war of will, belief, and survival. Playwright/director John … Continue reading

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100th anniversary of the Civil War inspired a generation of history buffs; will the 150th?

       A line of tourists, including future Cannonball blogger and author Scott Mingus (with his mother and sister), await entry into a restored Civil War-era railcar during the steam locomotive the General’s visit to greater Columbus, Ohio, back in 1962. … Continue reading

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Young filmmakers seek funding for Civil War movie

Corey Allred, Axel Ahrens, Luke Frazier, and Mark Frazier are four aspiring filmmakers and recent film school graduates who have come together through a shared passion of storytelling. Recent graduates from Sacramento State University with degrees in film production, they … Continue reading

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