Category Archives: Dover

York County young lady described Rebel invasion

Confederate reenactors march into position for a sham battle at Neshaminy State Park. I frequently  drive past a modest country grocery store at the intersection of Canal Road and Bull Road in north-central York County, near the border of Conewago … Continue reading

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Schedule of Civil War events in York County PA in June/July 2013

York County, Pennsylvania, played a role in the Gettysburg Campaign. More than 20,000 soldiers (Union and Confederate) tramped through or rode through the county during the last week of June and the first two days of July in 1863. One … Continue reading

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Civil War prisoners of war in York County, Pa.

Recently fellow blogger Jim McClure and I were chatting about prisoner of war camps here in York County, Pa. Many locals are aware of the two dedicated sites, Camp Security for British prisoners in the American Revolution and a WWII … 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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Did a decision at Davidsburg influence the Gettysburg Campaign?

On June 30, 1863, twin columns of powerful Confederate troops marched through York County, Pennsylvania, during the Gettysburg Campaign. Major General Jubal A. Early’s 5,500-man division of infantry and artillery, supported by two cavalry commands, departed York very early in … Continue reading

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Rebels raid Bull Road farm

This old barn sits along Bull Road a few miles north of York, Pennsylvania. During the Civil War it was owned by David and Anna Mary (Quickel) Meisenhelter, who rued a visit on June 28, 1863, by Confederate soldiers of … Continue reading

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New book filled with fresh, new human interest stories!

As the 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War approaches in 2011, author James McClure and I have been collecting, editing, and assembling more than 100 human interest stories from York County, Pennsylvania, from the Civil War era. For many … Continue reading

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Update: Civil War Voices from York County, Pa.

Gettysburg photograph courtesy of Becky and Mike Esterbank of Erie, Pa. Used by permission. Jim McClure and I are co-writing what should be a very interesting and entertaining book entitled Civil War Voices from York County, Pa.: Remembering the Rebellion … Continue reading

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Oral tradition: Civil War stories from York County, Pa: Part 3

Old fashioned quadruped-powered farm machine; horses and mules were critical to the agricultural economy of south-central Pennsylvania during the Civil War. Lancaster County image is courtesy of the Library of Congress. In the summer of 1863, more than 11,000 Confederate … Continue reading

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Oral tradition: Civil War stories from York County, Pa: Part 2

1862 recruiting poster from York County, Pennsylvania. The county, despite having a strong Democratic leaning, furnished its full quota of soldiers for what some saw as a Republican war. Throughout 2010, I will present a series of entries on the … Continue reading

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