Category Archives: Miscellaneous

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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Win a “Copperhead” poster and book from Ron Maxwell’s new movie

York County, Pennsylvania, sharing a border with the slave state Maryland during the Civil War, was “distinctively northern, but not bitterly anti-southern,” according to business man A. B. Farquhar. Some of the population was accused of being “Copperheads,” a derisive … Continue reading

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150th Civil War Anniversary Contest: 20 questions on York County in the Civil War

Think you know something about the Civil War history of York County, Pa.? Try this quiz! Send me an e-mail with your answers. I will randomly select one winner on February 1st from all of the messages received by that … Continue reading

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Mexican War soldier implores brother not to join army as a private; not enought pay

John W. Fredericks served in the U.S. Army during the Mexican War and witnessed the fall of Mexico City. On May 4, 1848 from San Angle, Mexico, (near Vera Cruz), he penned a two-page letter to his brother Peter Fredericks … Continue reading

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Gettysburg Wax Museum – Part 1

Since it opened in April 1962, the Gettysburg Wax Museum (also now known as the American Civil War Museum) is one of the most enduring tourist attractions along the Steinwehr Avenue strip (Business 15) between the borough of Gettysburg and … Continue reading

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New, Detailed Model of the Town of Gettysburg in 1863 Installed at the David Wills House

The new model of Gettysburg in November 1863 is now on display at the David Wills House, Gettysburg National Military Park. NPS Photo by Katie Lawhon. Gettysburg, PA – Gettysburg National Military Park and Main Street Gettysburg have announced that … Continue reading

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Civil War Interactive Writers Contest Announced!

The popular website Civil War Interactive will begin its first Writers Contest in over five years. There will be several hundred dollars in prizes, plus authors will get a by-line and a short bio included on their article. Cannonball readers, … Continue reading

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