Category Archives: Wrightsville

One-tank trips: Susquehanna and Tidewater Canal lock at Havre de Grace MD

In the early 18th century as the population of the United States moved ever westward and new inland communities formed,  businessmen wanted faster and more reliable methods of transporting goods, cargo, and people rather than crude country roads hacked out … Continue reading

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Railroad traveler liked York, but not Wrightsville

A traveler calling himself “P.M.” visiting Baltimore in the early winter of 1850 sent back a letter to the editor, Ephraim Cowan, of the Warren (Pa.) Mail. He took a train most of the way, including the Pennsylvania Railroad from … Continue reading

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Black History Month: Corporal Henry Bear, 127th USCT

York Civil War researcher and author Dennis W. Brandt is perhaps best known for his award-winning book on the 87th Pennsylvania Infantry (From Home Guards to Heroes). He has also spent countless hours collecting information on Civil War soldiers from … Continue reading

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Rebels passed by Sultzbach’s Tannery en route to Wrightsville

On a cool Sunday afternoon, June 28, 1863, as rainclouds threatened, more than 2,000 well armed, veteran Confederate soldiers marched or rode past the sprawling Sultzbach tannery in Hellam Township in eastern York County, Pa. Consisting of 1,800 Georgia infantrymen, … Continue reading

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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 in  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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