Category Archives: Dillsburg

York County Civil War Damage Claims

On July 1, 1863, a group of Confederate soldiers visited this barn that once stood alongside the York Road between Dover and Dillsburg, Pennsylvania. The Rebels were cavalrymen from J.E.B. Stuart’s command, and they were looking for fresh horses. They … Continue reading

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Dillsburg native was Rebel chaplain during the burning of Chambersburg

The burning of Chambersburg remains controversial in south-central Pennsylvania to this day. Once known as the “queen of the Cumberland Valley,” the town was an important stop on the Cumberland Valley Railroad and served as the company’s headquarters. It contained … Continue reading

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Civil War vets reconnect after 48 years in York County

Following the American Civil War, veterans from both the North and South often assembled with their comrades to renew their acquaintances, relive old war stories, and to remember those who had given their last full measure of devotion. Some men … Continue reading

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Paul Revere’s Ride Had Rival in Hanover

“Listen my children and you shall hear, of the midnight ride of Paul Revere…” Millions of school children for more than 100 years have read famed poet Henry W. Longfellow’s stirring words, however historically inaccurate they may be, about his … 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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First JEB Stuart strikes; then a triple murder near Round Top: Part 1

This seemingly bucolic illustration from Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper for July 14, 1886, shows the modest, somewhat ramshackle homestead of George and Mary (Bell) Squibb in Warrington Township in northwestern York County, Pennsylvania. The Squibbs were modest people, by all … Continue reading

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Civil War relics found in northwestern York County

A south-central Pennsylvania Civil War buff has been finding some neat artifacts and relics with his metal detector at various sites in northwestern York County. More than 11,000 Confederate soldiers passed through York County, as well as several regiments of … Continue reading

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NYCHAPS to present talk on “J.E.B. Stuart’s Summer 1863 March Through Dillsburg”

  Thursday, June 6th, 7 p.m. at Maple Shade Barn York-area author, tour guide, award-winning miniature war-gamer, patented scientist, and history buff Scott Mingus will present his PowerPoint talk on “J.E.B. Stuart’s Summer 1863 March Through Dillsburg.” The public is … Continue reading

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The last Civil War soldier living in York County, Pa.

John Aquilla Wilson, is believed to be shown to the right of this early Abraham Lincoln impersonator, is believed to be the last surviving Civil War soldier who lived in York County at the time of his enlistment. The resident … Continue reading

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York CWRT presents “JEB Stuart’s Ride through York County” with lecturer Scott Mingus

This historical marker along East Canal Road in Dover, Pennsylvania, commemorates the invasion of this section of York County by Confederate forces under Maj. Gen. J.E.B. Stuart. The controversial Stuart led more than 4,500 Rebel cavalrymen into southwestern York County … Continue reading

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