Category Archives: York County sites

First-person presentation by Michael Sipes as CSA Gen. Jubal Early

Living historian Michael Sipes will be the featured speaker at the May 20, 2015, monthly meeting of the York Civil War Round Table. He will present a first-person impression of Confederate Brigadier General Jubal A. Early, who figured prominently in … Continue reading

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Some York Countians fled as Rebels approached in June 1863

In mid-June 1863, more than 6,600 Confederate soldiers approached York County from the west. Their commander, Major General Jubal A. Early, was a West Point graduate, a veteran of the Mexican War, and one of the Confederacy’s more aggressive generals. … Continue reading

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One-tank trips: Susquehanna and Tidewater Canal lock at Havre de Grace MD

In the early 18th century as the population of the United States moved ever westward and new inland communities formed,  businessmen wanted faster and more reliable methods of transporting goods, cargo, and people rather than crude country roads hacked out … Continue reading

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Full division of troops occupied York’s Camp Scott in May 1861

Pennsylvania and Ohio troops at Camp Scott in York, Pa. – May 25, 1861 (Harper’s Weekly) Camp Scott, named for army commander General Winfield Scott, was located at the intersection of E. King Street and S. Queen Street in York, … Continue reading

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New booklet on JEB Stuart’s Ride through York County

A couple of years ago, I wrote a series of blog posts (the “In the Footsteps of J.E.B. Stuart” series) on the damage claims York County farmers filed after the Civil War for horses, supplies, and personal goods taken by … Continue reading

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“Kindly Friend Willis” was conductor on the Underground Railroad

According to the Library of Congress, the Willis House is the most pretentious and academically correct example of eighteenth century English domestic architecture in York County. The builder, William Willis, was a Quaker farmer and mason who built the York … Continue reading

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Railroad traveler liked York, but not Wrightsville

A traveler calling himself “P.M.” visiting Baltimore in the early winter of 1850 sent back a letter to the editor, Ephraim Cowan, of the Warren (Pa.) Mail. He took a train most of the way, including the Pennsylvania Railroad from … Continue reading

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Ex-slave of Confederate officer died in Hanover in 1910

In the years following the Civil War, hundreds of former Southern slaves seeking a fresh start settled in the Susquehanna Valley. Among them was George Keyes, a Virginia-born slave who was present at the 1861  battle of Ball’s Bluff near … Continue reading

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One of the Rebels buried in York PA likely identified

Five Confederate soldiers are buried in Prospect Hill Cemetery along N. George Street in York, Pennsylvania. According to local information, all were prisoners of war who were wounded in battle, taken to York for treatment, and then perished from their … Continue reading

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Black History Month: Corporal Henry Bear, 127th USCT

York Civil War researcher and author Dennis W. Brandt is perhaps best known for his award-winning book on the 87th Pennsylvania Infantry (From Home Guards to Heroes). He has also spent countless hours collecting information on Civil War soldiers from … Continue reading

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