Category Archives: Manchester

“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 in … 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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