Category Archives: Railroads

Is it honestly Abe?

The vast public holdings of the U. S. government include thousands of vintage photographs from the Civil War. At least six of them show Hanover Junction, Pennsylvania, and are credited to the Mathew Brady studio in Washington, D.C. They were … Continue reading

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RR workers in 1907 found parts of bridges Jubal Early’s cavalry burned

During the Confederate occupation of York County, Pennsylvania, from June 28 – 30, 1863, Major General Jubal A. Early’s primary goals (besides ransoming York for an exorbitant amount of cash and supplies) was to break up the Northern Central Railway … Continue reading

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“Inferior in every particular”: Newsman visited Camp Scott in York

Shortly after the beginning of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln called for 75,000 volunteers to put down the rebellion. Training camps soon sprang up across the North, including Camp Scott at the York Fairgrounds (at the intersection of King … Continue reading

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York soldier deserted after being reported as killed in railroad accident

Railroad travel in the 19th century at times could be risky at times. Poor track conditions such as broken or loose rails could cause a train to derail. Excessive speed, poor weather conditions, two trains on the same track headed … Continue reading

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New book covers the Philadelphia, Wilmington & Baltimore Railroad in the Civil War

Railroad travelers from Harrisburg or York, Pennsylvania, to Baltimore typically took the Northern Central Railway. From Baltimore, there were convenient connections to Washington, Hagerstown and points west using the Baltimore & Ohio. Once finished with business in Baltimore, the traveler … Continue reading

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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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