Category Archives: Emigsville

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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Louisiana Tigers raided Emigsville; eyewitness account

This image from the Manchester Township Historical Society shows Emigsville, Pennsylvania, a small village during the Civil War years nestled along the Harrisburg Road (now N. George Street) and the Northern Central Railway. Prosperous farms surrounded the town, which featured … 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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Confederate campsite: 17th Virginia Cavalry

Confederate cavalry camped on June 28-30 on this hill overlooking the village of Emigsville, Pa. and the nearby York and Liverpool Turnpike (now George Street) and the Northern Central Railway. The horse soldiers had come down the pike the afternoon … 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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York County soldiers: Pvt. Daniel Roland, Pennsylvania State Militia

Private Daniel Roland, Pennsylvania Drafted Militia Infantry, Union Army. Long-time Cannonball reader Dianne Bowders is a noted photographer and family historian in York County, Pennsylvania. She has contributed several of her family photos to various local history sites, and some … Continue reading

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A Civil War murder mystery in the Mount Wolf area

Photo taken at Prospect Hill Cemetery 1/19/2010 by Scott L. Mingus, Sr. In past blog entries, I have briefly presented a couple of mysterious Civil War murders here in York County, Pennsylvania, including that of Charles Brown, a young Confederate … Continue reading

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How many Confederates invaded York County?

Old postcard depicting a Confederate cavalryman (from the author’s collection). York County author, historian, and Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide John T. Krepps recently posted a comment on Cannonball wanting to know if anyone had ever compiled a complete list of … Continue reading

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York County Civil War Border Claims Database now on-line at YCHT

Joseph Menges lived on this prosperous York County, PA farm during the Civil War. The Franklin Township farmer filed a damage claim for $225 citing the loss of two horses to “Stuart’s Cavalry” during the 1863 Gettysburg Campaign). He lost … Continue reading

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Emigsville woman defied the Rebels

York County photographer Dianne Bowders sent me a photo of one of her ancestors, Ellen Busey Roland of Emigsville. Ironically, just a couple of days before then, I had downloaded the following article from newsinhistory.com.

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