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Efforts have continued in Congress for 125+ years to approve repayment for burnt bridge

On Sunday evening, June 28, 1863, under orders from a major general inĀ  Harrisburg, Pennsylvania state militiamen oversaw the preparations and then the execution of a plan to destroy the mile-and-a-quarter long covered bridge over the Susquehanna River between Wrightsville … Continue reading

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One of Gordon’s men discusses the Rebels saving Wrightsville, Pa. from burning

The Columbia Bridge burns on the night of Sunday, June 28, 1863, in this photograph of a painting at the Columbia Historical Society in Columbia, Pennsylvania. Union troops retreating from Wrightsville (foreground) marched across the bridge into Lancaster County (background) … Continue reading

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The only Confederate casualty in the skirmish of Wrightsville

This original handwritten casualty report was written shortly after the battle of Gettysburg and recaps the killed, wounded, and missing from Jubal Early’s division. This section is for the June 28, 1863, skirmish at Wrightsville, Pennsylvania, where Brig. Gen. John … Continue reading

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U.S. Committee on War Claims denied Wrightsville residents’ Federal claims

Several residents of Wrightsville, Pennsylvania, filed damage claims following the Civil War for the loss of their homes, businesses, and shops caused when the riverfront area caught fire from flaming embers from the burning of the covered bridge (it had … Continue reading

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Historic Wrightsville, Pa., Museum features Civil War displays

The historic town of Wrightsville, Pennsylvania, is nestled along the banks of the mile-wide Susquehanna River in eastern York County. Today it has about 2,300 residents, roughly double its size during the American Civil War. Some accounts suggest that this … Continue reading

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September 1862: Horse thieves arrested on Columbia-Wrightsville Bridge

Most of the newspaper articles in the Mid-Atlantic region from mid to late September 1862 focused heavily on the Battle of Antietam/Sharpsburg down in Maryland. York Countians fought there in the 130th Pennsylvania Infantry. Back on the home front, the … Continue reading

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Philadelphia newspapers erroneously reported captain as dying in the Wrightsville skirmish

As newspapers in the early summer of 1863 mentioned the skirmishing at Wrightsville, Pa., during the Gettysburg Campaign, reports surfaced that Robert G. March, a much beloved civic leader and the first colonel of the 4th Pennsylvania Reserves, had perished … Continue reading

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150 years ago today in York County, Pa.: June 28, 1863: “The dogs of war” arrive

Sunday, June 28, 1863, proved to be one of the most traumatic days in the history of York, Pa. For on that cloudy, overcast day, more than 6,000 enemy soldiers passed through or occupied the town and its environs. Four … Continue reading

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Church honors Civil War veterans in Highmount

Recently the Fairmount United Methodist Church in scenic Hellam Township, Pennsylvania, held a commemoration of its 160th anniversary, using the theme of the Civil War’s 150th anniversary. The commemoration included a period church service led by living historian Rene Kinard, … Continue reading

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The last Civil War veteran in Hellam Township, York County, Pa.

I recently attended the 160th anniversary celebration at Fairmount United Methodist Church on Furnace Road in Hellam Township. On display was the above old newspaper photograph of Milton K. Lehman, who is credited as being the last Civil War soldier … Continue reading

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