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Escape! Rebel POW slips across rural York County into Maryland: Part 3

Confederate Captain Robert D. Chapman was a determined young man. Taken prisoner at Cumberland Gap when his regiment surrendered to General Burnside’s Yankees, the young Georgian managed to escape only to be captured by the Sizemore gang of thieving mountain … Continue reading

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Escape! Rebel POW slips across rural York County into Maryland: Part 2

Part 1 of this brief series introduced Confederate Captain Robert D. Chapman, a daredevil who was not contented with the prospects of passive captivity as a prisoner of war. He escaped from the Union army at Cumberland Gap, ran off … Continue reading

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Escape! Rebel POW slips across rural York County into Maryland: Part 1

At the start of the Civil War in 1861, a 21-year-old Georgia man named Robert D. Chapman was swept up in the patriotic fervor. With several friends, he enlisted in the 112-man “Miller County Wild Cats,” which soon became Company … Continue reading

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New booklet “Tales Along the Tracks” published

Folks who have ridden the Steam into History excursion train between New Freedom and Glen Rock or Hanover Junction, Pa., may be familiar with Brenda Yarrison. She often rides the train as a volunteer hostess, telling stories to the patrons … Continue reading

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Steam into History events for the Spring of 2014

Photo of York #17 by Scott Mingus Steam into History operates a replica 4-4-0 locomotive and passenger cars meant to evoke the spirit and memory of the Northern Central Railway, an important regional railroad during the American Civil War. Here … Continue reading

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Hanover Junction, Pa. — Then & Now

On the left is a photo commonly attributed to famed Civil War photographer Mathew Brady and his crew. It shows the Northern Central Railway bridge over the South Branch of the Codorus Creek at Hanover Junction, Pennsylvania. The original is … Continue reading

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Steam into History offering special weekend train excursions

Steam into History came into being from a vision and dream from a group of York County investors, most notably the late William H. Simpson. Throughout the 19th and early 20th century, the Northern Central Railway transported tens of thousands … Continue reading

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Lincoln’s funeral train at York: a Philadelphia newsman’s account

On April 21, 1865, in a cold, steady spring rain, a funeral train carrying the remains of slain President Abraham Lincoln solemnly steamed through York County on the tracks of the Northern Central Railway. Thousands of mourners and curiosity seekers, … Continue reading

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Mechanicsburg Passenger Station Museum hosts Civil War exhibit

The Mechanicsburg (Pa.) Museum Association has been quite active over the years in preserving, interpreting, and understanding the history of this Cumberland Valley community. Among its holdings is the Passenger Station, a neat little museum inside the restored 1800’s station … Continue reading

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Did you know? 150 Civil War facts about York County, Pa.: Part 2

16. The York firm of Billmeyer & Small manufactured railcars during the middle of the 19th century. A good chunk of their output was for the war effort. Shown above is the Billmeyer mansion on E. Market Street. It was … Continue reading

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