Category Archives: Other places

York’s Underground Railroad Heroes: Joseph Wickersham

In the early 1800s, York County, Pennsylvania, played an important role in the growing movement to abolish slavery. Many people in southern York County were ambivalent to slavery or tolerated it; others actively supported the trade by hiring slaves from … Continue reading

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York’s Underground Railroad Heroes: Joseph Garretson

Jim McClure and I will be co-presenting a talk on the Underground Railroad in York County, Pennsylvania, at the February 15 monthly meeting of the York Civil War Round Table (250 E. Market Street, York; free admission and parking). I … Continue reading

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School group in 1895 explored old Civil War fortifications along Codorus Creek

During the late spring of 1863, railroad and civic officials throughout south-central Pennsylvania feared that Robert E. Lee’s oncoming Confederate Army of Northern Virginia might target the transportation infrastructure, in particular railroads and bridges. Efforts were made at several locations … Continue reading

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Civil War vets reconnect after 48 years in York County

Following the American Civil War, veterans from both the North and South often assembled with their comrades to renew their acquaintances, relive old war stories, and to remember those who had given their last full measure of devotion. Some men … Continue reading

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York’s Underground Railroad Heroes: Henry W. Grant

Henry W. Grant was born to slave parents in Cecil County, Maryland, and grew up on his master’s plantation. When he turned 19, he received his freedom¬† when his owner died.¬† Grant soon moved to Pennsylvania, where he eventually married … Continue reading

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Mayor and Civil War vets barely escape injury in Dallastown memorial parade

After the Civil War, many veterans across the reunited nation strove to keep the memories of their fallen comrades, both blue and gray, alive for future generations. Veterans organizations such as the Grand Army of the Republic and its several … Continue reading

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More old-time donations of Civil War items to the historical society

Cannonball reader John Hufnagle is a strong supporter of the Glen Rock Historical Society, one of the many excellent community heritage organizations to seek to preserve the history of their respective regions. John noted my blog post on the 1902 … Continue reading

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York County History Center To Release Underground Railroad Book: The Ground Swallowed Them Up

On September 1, 2016, the York County History Center will release the first book on the Underground Railroad ever to be published in York. Surprising, considering that from the 1820s through the early Civil War period, York County was a … Continue reading

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87th Pennsylvania reenactors planning Memoral Day event

The 87th Pennsylvania reenactment group, based in south-central Pennsylvania, honors the memory of the actual 87th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, which served in the Union army from the fall of 1861 until it was mustered out after the war in … Continue reading

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Delta residents organized Sons of Veterans camp after the war

The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW) is a longstanding fraternal order whose membership consists of direct descendants of Union soldiers who served in the Civil War. It is the legal successor to the old Grand Army … Continue reading

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