Category Archives: York

Anti-Lincoln sentiment swept 1863 local elections in York County

Abraham Lincoln, though widely beloved and admired today, was controversial, to say the least, during his time in office as president of the United States during the American Civil War. Many Democrats strongly opposed his prosecution of the war; some … Continue reading

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The 87th Pennsylvania’s baptism of fire 155 years ago at Second Winchester

On Friday, June 12, 1863, elements of the 87th Pennsylvania Infantry, raised primarily in York County, engaged in a sharp firefight with Confederate Maryland cavalry under Maj. Harry Gilmor along today’s Route 11 south of Winchester, Virginia. This skirmish marked … Continue reading

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York CWRT to host author James McClure on June 20

On June 20, 2018, please join the York Civil War Round Table as it commemorates the 155th Anniversary of the Confederate Invasion of York, in welcoming editor Jim McClure of the York Daily Record as the scheduled speaker. Mr. McClure … Continue reading

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York County Civil War Damage Claims

On July 1, 1863, a group of Confederate soldiers visited this barn that once stood alongside the York Road between Dover and Dillsburg, Pennsylvania. The Rebels were cavalrymen from J.E.B. Stuart’s command, and they were looking for fresh horses. They … Continue reading

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New book recounts creation of Gettysburg Civil War mural

On the cloudy morning of Monday, June 29, 1863, Confederate Colonel Isaac E. Avery awoke in the U. S. Army General Hospital on the south side of York, PA. He was not a patient. He was an enemy soldier, occupying … Continue reading

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Pickpocket victims at Hanover Junction included York businessman P. A. Small

Abraham Lincoln’s northbound train chugged into Hanover Junction, Pennsylvania, on the late afternoon of Wednesday, November 18, 1863. The president was on his way to Gettysburg to deliver the dedicatory remarks at the ceremonies to dedicate the new Soldiers National … Continue reading

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Painter Horace Bonham was accused of disloyalty during the Civil War

Horace Bonham is a well-known name in 19th-century art circles. Born November 25, 1835, in York, PA, he studied abroad after the Civil War and became noted as a prolific painter of portraits, group or crowd scenes, and scenery before … Continue reading

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Army hospital administrator preferred York-made cast iron stoves

In the late spring of 1862, the United States Army established a 1,000-bed hospital on the grounds of what is now Penn Park on the south side of York, Pennsylvania. Over time, the hospital expanded to 1,600 beds and finally … Continue reading

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1906 Sons of Veterans encampment ended in grand ball

In my previous Cannonball blog post, I presented the transcript from an article that appeared in the York Daily on June 13, 1906, covering the sham battle on the fairgrounds held the previous day. More than 10,000 people watched this … Continue reading

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10,000 Saw Civil War Reenactment on York’s Fairgrounds in 1906

In the late 1800s and early 1900s, as Civil War veterans aged and reflected on their service in the early 1860s, they erected monuments at leading battlefields, gathered at veterans organization events, marched proudly in popular Memorial Day and Independence … Continue reading

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