Category Archives: Manchester

York County saw several small Civil War skirmishes

I recently posted a blog entry about a small engagement during the Gettysburg Campaign in Dover Township between Jeb Stuart’s rear guard and a Union reconnaissance patrol that was shadowing his movements through York County. That posting prompted an inquiry … Continue reading

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Manchester resident recalled Rebel invasion

As Major General Jubal Early’s long column of Confederate soldiers reached Weigelstown, Pennsylvania, on Sunday morning, June 28, 1863, Early dispatched Colonel William H. French’s 17th Virginia Cavalry eastward through York County to burn two Northern Central Railway bridges over … Continue reading

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Manchester Township Historical Society plans Antique Appraisal Clinic on Aug 20

Event: Antique Appraisal Festival Event date: August 20, 2016; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It’s time to rummage through all your antiques and curiosities and have them appraised. Just what are they worth if you take them to auction? If … Continue reading

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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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“Kindly Friend Willis” was conductor on the Underground Railroad

According to the Library of Congress, the Willis House is the most pretentious and academically correct example of eighteenth century English domestic architecture in York County. The builder, William Willis, was a Quaker farmer and mason who built the York … Continue reading

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Manchester Twp. “poor soljer” appealed to General Meade for a furlough

Lena Burial Park in Stephenson County, Illinois, is a long, long way from Manchester Township, York County, Pennsylvania. This photograph from Find-a-Grave’s Diane Boand is illustrative of the post-Civil War trend for former soldiers to move west to seek new … Continue reading

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York County soldiers: Pvt. George Berkheimer

George Berkheimer was just one of more than 11,000 men in York County, Pennsylvania, who served in the Union army during the American Civil War. His regiment, the 187 the Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, served in the Army of the Potomac … Continue reading

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Civil War graves – Manchester Union Cemetery

  Manchester Union Cemetery is at the corner of S.R. 181 (Main Street / known as North George Street Extension south of town toward York) and S.R. 921 (Maple Street) in Manchester, Pennsylvania. It is one of the oldest cemeteries … Continue reading

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Civil War graves – Manchester Lutheran Cemetery

Manchester Lutheran Cemetery is located along North George Street in downtown Manchester, Pa. (during the Civil War often known as Liverpool Post Office). Confederate cavalry, specifically the 17th Virginia Cavalry under Col. William H. French, rode past this site during … Continue reading

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