Category Archives: Hanover Junction

Writer Benson Lossing visited Hanover Junction and Hanover after battle of Gettysburg

This photograph, supposedly taken on November 18, 1863, shows the railroad depot at Hanover Junction, Pennsylvania. A few months earlier in late June, Confederate cavalry under Lt. Col. Elijah V. White had raided this site, burning railroad cars, the turntable, … Continue reading

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New booklet “Tales Along the Tracks” published

Folks who have ridden the Steam into History excursion train between New Freedom and Glen Rock or Hanover Junction, Pa., may be familiar with Brenda Yarrison. She often rides the train as a volunteer hostess, telling stories to the patrons … Continue reading

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Confederate mapmakers prepared for the invasion of Pennsylvania

During the winter of 1862-1863, famed Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and T. J. “Stonewall” Jackson planned a possible invasion of the North, with a focus on central Maryland and south-central Pennsylvania. Jackson had long advocated such an incursion, aimed … Continue reading

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150 years ago today – The Gettysburg Address

On the morning of November 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln arose at the David Wills House on the square in downtown Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. He faced a busy day, highlighted by a procession to the National Cemetery and the lengthy dedication … Continue reading

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150 years ago this month in York County, Pa. – Part 1

As part 1 of my series on York County, PA during the month of November, 1863, when Abraham Lincoln came here as he traveled to and from Gettysburg to deliver the Gettysburg Address, I offer this reposting of a blog … Continue reading

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Hanover Junction, Pa. — Then & Now

On the left is a photo commonly attributed to famed Civil War photographer Mathew Brady and his crew. It shows the Northern Central Railway bridge over the South Branch of the Codorus Creek at Hanover Junction, Pennsylvania. The original is … Continue reading

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Steam into History offering special weekend train excursions

Steam into History came into being from a vision and dream from a group of York County investors, most notably the late William H. Simpson. Throughout the 19th and early 20th century, the Northern Central Railway transported tens of thousands … Continue reading

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Hanover Junction, Pa. man murdered by Union soldiers in Maryland

Hanover Junction, Pennsylvania, has a storied history, including visits by several presidents such as Abraham Lincoln. An important railroad intersection during the Civil War, more than 11,000 wounded soldiers were evacuated by rail from the Gettysburg battlefield through the junction … Continue reading

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Did you know? 150 Civil War facts about York County, Pa.: Part 1

The Civil War was fought from April 1861 through mid-1865 when the final Confederate forces surrendered and efforts began to reconstruct the country. York County, Pennsylvania, played a larger role in the war effort than many current residents may realize. … Continue reading

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150 years ago: Was this railroad lock a relic of the Confederate raid on Hanover Junction?

This vintage lock is marked PRR, for the Pennsylvania Railroad. During the Civil War years and later, that company controlled and managed the Northern Central Railway which ran north-south through the center of York County. On June 27, 1863, Confederate … Continue reading

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