Category Archives: York County sites

76th NY soldier wounded at Gettysburg passed through York County

Following the battle of Gettysburg, scores of wounded men on their own headed for the nearest operational train stations to seek medical attention beyond what the overcrowded temporary field hospitals could provide. Among them was 28-year-old Lt. Lucien Davis of … Continue reading

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Soldier in the 27th New York complimented York County

Tens of thousands of Union soldiers passed through York County during the Civil War, with many receiving their initial training at Camp Scott on the old fairgrounds off the intersection of E. King and S. Queen streets in downtown York. … Continue reading

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Remembering a fallen Civil War soldier from York, Pa.

Several thousand men from York County, Pennsylvania, served in the Union army during the Civil War, scattered among more than two dozen regiments or artillery batteries. A few units had relatively large numbers of York Countians, including the 166th Pennsylvania … Continue reading

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York County antebellum militia groups enlisted in 16th PA at start of Civil War

At the start of the Civil War, across both the North and South tens of thousands of young men enlisted in the Union and Confederate armies. Some had previous military experience, including combat action in the Mexican War or other … Continue reading

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York soldier wrote home from the Gettysburg battlefield

A Union artillery battery rumbles into position on the Gettysburg battlefield in this Scott Mingus photograph of a section of the Gettysburg Cyclorama. The Rudisills remain one of the longstanding families in York County, Pennsylvania, dating back to the 18th … Continue reading

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Confederate colonel’s diary described “triumphal entry” into York

It was the bright, sunny Sunday morning of June 28, 1863. The macadamized turnpike west of York, Pennsylvania, was a beehive of activity as Virginia cavalrymen and advance scouts scurried from barn to barn and field to field seeking to … Continue reading

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York CWRT to host talk on “The Northern Central Railway in the Civil War”

The railroads of both the North and the South played important roles in the Civil War, perhaps more so than in any previous war. Troops, ammunition, supplies, horses and mules, coal for naval ships, and cargo of all sorts for … Continue reading

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Spy Stories

Savas Beatie LLC has just published Tom Ryan’s excellent new book on Spies, Scouts, and Secrets in the Gettysburg Campaign: How the Critical Role of Intelligence Impacted the Outcome of Lee’s Invasion of the North. June-July 1865. It is a … Continue reading

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Altoona soldier wrote home from York’s Camp Scott

The 3rd Pennsylvania Infantry, under the command of Colonel Francis C. Minier of Blair County, was among the three-month regiments being trained at Camp Scott on the York Fairgrounds near the intersection of E. King and S. Queen Streets. One … Continue reading

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“Emergency Man” recalls defense of the Columbia-Wrightsville Bridge

Sunday, June 28, 2015, marks the 152nd anniversary of the destruction of one of the world’s longest covered bridges, the mile-and-a-quarter-long span across the Susquehanna River between Wrightsville in eastern York County and Columbia in western Lancaster County. The bridge … Continue reading

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