Category Archives: Railroads

Yankees and Rebels both camped on Wrightsville farm

The last of June 1863 were momentous times for the citizens of Wrightsville, Pennsylvania. Situated on the western bank of the Susquehanna River, the town was the western terminus of what was then the world’s longest covered bridge. The Northern … Continue reading

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School group in 1895 explored old Civil War fortifications along Codorus Creek

During the late spring of 1863, railroad and civic officials throughout south-central Pennsylvania feared that Robert E. Lee’s oncoming Confederate Army of Northern Virginia might target the transportation infrastructure, in particular railroads and bridges. Efforts were made at several locations … Continue reading

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Ex-POW fell off train returning from 50th anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg

John A. Martin, like many other local veterans of the Civil War, made plans in late June, 1913, to travel to Gettysburg to attend the 50th anniversary commemoration of the battle of Gettysburg. The invitation was open to any Civil … Continue reading

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Manchester resident recalled Rebel invasion

As Major General Jubal Early’s long column of Confederate soldiers reached Weigelstown, Pennsylvania, on Sunday morning, June 28, 1863, Early dispatched Colonel William H. French’s 17th Virginia Cavalry eastward through York County to burn two Northern Central Railway bridges over … Continue reading

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Trainloads of vets passed through York en route to the Gettysburg battle 50th anniversary

In our last two Cannonball blog posts, we looked at the preparations in the city of York for the 50th anniversary of the Confederate invasion and the subsequent battle of Gettysburg. Scores of local Civil War veterans traveled to Gettysburg … Continue reading

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York commemorates 50th anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg: Part 2

In my last post, I shared an old 1913 newspaper account of the preparations in York, Pennsylvania, for the 50th anniversary of Jubal Early’s occupation of the borough and the subsequent battle of Gettysburg. Here is the follow-up article from … Continue reading

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Local railroad official’s reminiscences of the Gettysburg Campaign: Part 2

Let’s go back in our minds to Saturday afternoon, June 27, 1863, in scenic southern York County, Pennsylvania. Ticket agent Joseph Leib, Hanover Branch Railroad Conductor John Eckert, and their engineer and fireman are scrambling to get the steam up … Continue reading

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Local railroad official’s reminiscences of the Gettysburg Campaign: Part 1

Joseph Leib enjoyed a long career with the Northern Central Railway, Hanover Branch Railroad, and the Western Maryland Railroad. As the NCRW’s ticket agent at the Hanover depot in the late-1850s, he was the centerpiece of a lawsuit filed by … Continue reading

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Glen Rock claimed youngest Civil War soldier from York County

  Glen Rock, Pennsylvania, has a long and storied history. A young English immigrant, William Heathcote, visited the area in southern York County and liked it so much he decided to make it his home. In March 1837, he purchased … Continue reading

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John H. Scott: Wartime hotelkeeper at Hanover Junction

This detail from a November 1863 photograph by a member of the Matthew Brady firm from Washington shows the Junction Hotel at Hanover Junction in southern York County, Pennsylvania. During the mid-19th century, this was a popular hotel, general store, … Continue reading

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