Category Archives: York Haven

Who was eastern York County’s Unknown Confederate Soldier buried along the Susquehanna River?

Recently the biggest Civil War story in York County, Pa., has been the dedication of a new gravestone for an Unknown Confederate Soldier who died in late June 1863 during the Gettysburg Campaign. His body washed up in rural Hellam … Continue reading

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New book filled with fresh, new human interest stories!

As the 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War approaches in 2011, author James McClure and I have been collecting, editing, and assembling more than 100 human interest stories from York County, Pennsylvania, from the Civil War era. For many … Continue reading

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Update: Civil War Voices from York County, Pa.

Gettysburg photograph courtesy of Becky and Mike Esterbank of Erie, Pa. Used by permission. Jim McClure and I are co-writing what should be a very interesting and entertaining book entitled Civil War Voices from York County, Pa.: Remembering the Rebellion … Continue reading

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How many Confederates invaded York County?

Old postcard depicting a Confederate cavalryman (from the author’s collection). York County author, historian, and Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide John T. Krepps recently posted a comment on Cannonball wanting to know if anyone had ever compiled a complete list of … Continue reading

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Union campsites in York County: 20th Pa. Volunteer Militia

On Sunday, June 21, 1863, Colonel William B. Thomas and the 20th Pennsylvania Volunteer Militia had been transported via the Pennsylvania Railroad to Columbia and had marched across the Columbia-Susquehanna Bridge before embarking on the Northern Central Railway for York, … Continue reading

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Colonel William B. Thomas commanded York County’s defenses during the Gettysburg Campaign: Part 2

Here is some more information on Colonel William B. Thomas, a prominent businessman and abolitionist who had helped organize the Republican Party in Pennsylvania. He was in command of the 20th Pennsylvania Volunteer Militia that defended York County, PA during … Continue reading

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York County Civil War Border Claims Database now on-line at YCHT

Joseph Menges lived on this prosperous York County, PA farm during the Civil War. The Franklin Township farmer filed a damage claim for $225 citing the loss of two horses to “Stuart’s Cavalry” during the 1863 Gettysburg Campaign). He lost … Continue reading

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Lincoln’s funeral train passed through York County

The assassination of President Abraham Lincoln stunned the residents of York County, Pennsylvania, despite the fact that most voters had twice cast their ballots for the Democratic opposition candidate in the elections of 1860 and 1864. Political differences were set … Continue reading

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French’s Raid. Pass the mustard, please.

The above satellite photo shows the most likely route Colonel William H. French’s 17th Virginia Cavalry took to reach the twin railroad bridges over the Conewago Creek near York Haven, Pennsylvania. CLICK TO ENLARGE THE PHOTO. Background posts: Fire on … Continue reading

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A new addition to York County historiography!

The cover art for the upcoming new book on the June 1863 Gordon / Early expedition into York County, Pennsylvania. Artwork by Mike Stretch; painting by Bradley Schmehl used under license. The graphics and files have been sent to the … Continue reading

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