Category Archives: Hanover

York County antebellum militia groups enlisted in 16th PA at start of Civil War

At the start of the Civil War, across both the North and South tens of thousands of young men enlisted in the Union and Confederate armies. Some had previous military experience, including combat action in the Mexican War or other … 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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Member of 28th Pennsylvania described visit to Hanover during the Gettysburg Campaign

Dr. Timothy J. Orr has edited a fascinating book based upon the Civil War letters of Sgt. Ambrose Henry Hayward of the 28th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. The 119 letters are housed in the special collections archive of Gettysburg College, and … Continue reading

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Union cavalry general recalls his visit to York County during the Gettysburg Campaign

David McMurtrie Gregg (shown above in this photo from the Library of Congress) commanded a division of Union cavalry in the Army of the Potomac during the Gettysburg Campaign of 1863. He was a first cousin of the governor of … Continue reading

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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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Hanover book signing with Jim McClure!

See you there???

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Fear in the Susquehanna Valley – the Emergency of 1862: Part 2

  Previous post: Fear in the Susquehanna Valley – the Emergency of 1862: Part 1 Reports circulated in York County the first week of September 1862 that General Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia was moving northward toward the … Continue reading

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Hanover veteran fought at the battle of Gettysburg; supposedly only man from the town to do so

Hanover, Pennsylvania, played in interesting role in the Gettysburg Campaign. Dozens of men from the town and surrounding countryside enrolled in the 26th Pennsylvania Volunteer Militia, one of the emergency regiments raised to try to delay the Rebel invaders until … Continue reading

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Did you know? 150 Civil War facts about York County, Pa.: Part 8

106. During the Gettysburg Campaign, Confederate Maj. Gen. Jubal Early brought 16 cannon into the vicinity of York, plus all the associated limbers, caissons, and ammunition and  support wagons. Lieutenant Colonel Hilary P. Jones commanded Early’s divisional artillery. He unlimbered … Continue reading

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Did you know? 150 Civil War facts about York County, Pa.: Part 3

31. The Central Hotel on the square in Hanover, Pa. (shown above) served as the temporary headquarters of Union Brig. Gen. H. Judson Kilpatrick during the June 39, 1863, Battle of Hanover. Kilpatrick’s horse collapsed and died in front of … Continue reading

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