Category Archives: York

York soldier wrote home from the Gettysburg battlefield

A Union artillery battery rumbles into position on the Gettysburg battlefield in this Scott Mingus photograph of a section of the Gettysburg Cyclorama. The Rudisills remain one of the longstanding families in York County, Pennsylvania, dating back to the 18th … Continue reading

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Confederate colonel’s diary described “triumphal entry” into York

It was the bright, sunny Sunday morning of June 28, 1863. The macadamized turnpike west of York, Pennsylvania, was a beehive of activity as Virginia cavalrymen and advance scouts scurried from barn to barn and field to field seeking to … Continue reading

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York CWRT to host talk on “The Northern Central Railway in the Civil War”

The railroads of both the North and the South played important roles in the Civil War, perhaps more so than in any previous war. Troops, ammunition, supplies, horses and mules, coal for naval ships, and cargo of all sorts for … Continue reading

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Spy Stories

Savas Beatie LLC has just published Tom Ryan’s excellent new book on Spies, Scouts, and Secrets in the Gettysburg Campaign: How the Critical Role of Intelligence Impacted the Outcome of Lee’s Invasion of the North. June-July 1865. It is a … Continue reading

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Altoona soldier wrote home from York’s Camp Scott

The 3rd Pennsylvania Infantry, under the command of Colonel Francis C. Minier of Blair County, was among the three-month regiments being trained at Camp Scott on the York Fairgrounds near the intersection of E. King and S. Queen Streets. One … Continue reading

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Member of 21st North Carolina marveled at Pennsylvania during the invasion

As Confederate Major General Jubal A. Early’s 6,600-man division marched across Adams and York counties from June 26-27, 1863, many of the men marveled at the lush countryside, which was reminiscent of the Shenandoah Valley through which they had passed … Continue reading

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Yorkers fought (& died) in the Mexican War: Part 3

Antebellum view of “Little York,” Pennsylvania. Detail from a 19th century lithograph in the author’s collection. A delegation of eight men had left York in the fall of 1847 to travel to Harrisburg to join a Philadelphia-based company of the … Continue reading

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Yorkers fought (& died) in the Mexican War: Part 2

The death of Jacob Danner in a field hospital near Puebla, Mexico, on September 10, 1847, reduced the York contingent in Company C of the 1st Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry to seven. Less than three weeks later, that number soon would … Continue reading

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Yorkers fought (& died) in the Mexican War: Part 1

Thousands of books have been written on the American Civil War, including hundreds and hundreds of personal diaries, memoirs, and journals from the soldiers and civilians who were eyewitnesses and/or participants in the bitter conflict. Many of the senior leaders … Continue reading

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First-person presentation by Michael Sipes as CSA Gen. Jubal Early

Living historian Michael Sipes will be the featured speaker at the May 20, 2015, monthly meeting of the York Civil War Round Table. He will present a first-person impression of Confederate Brigadier General Jubal A. Early, who figured prominently in … Continue reading

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