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School group in 1895 explored old Civil War fortifications along Codorus Creek

During the late spring of 1863, railroad and civic officials throughout south-central Pennsylvania feared that Robert E. Lee’s oncoming Confederate Army of Northern Virginia might target the transportation infrastructure, in particular railroads and bridges. Efforts were made at several locations … Continue reading

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Historic Underground Railroad station near Wrightsville faces uncertain future: Part 2

In part 1 of this brief two-part series, we looked at the Mifflins, who were major conductors in the Underground Railroad in eastern York County, Pennsylvania, during the 1810-1840 time frame. Scores (perhaps hundreds) of freedom seekers passed through this … Continue reading

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Manchester resident recalled Rebel invasion

As Major General Jubal Early’s long column of Confederate soldiers reached Weigelstown, Pennsylvania, on Sunday morning, June 28, 1863, Early dispatched Colonel William H. French’s 17th Virginia Cavalry eastward through York County to burn two Northern Central Railway bridges over … 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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Rebels used Hellam Heights to flank the Yankees and approach the Susquehanna River at Wrightsville

Hellam Heights (foreground) is a long, narrow rise just north and northwest of Wrightsville, Pennsylvania, and between today’s U.S. 30 and Pennsylvania 462 (the Lincoln Highway). Farmland for many generations, the heights provided a convenient way for Confederate Brig. Gen. … Continue reading

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Exploration of old earthworks defending Hanover Junction during the Gettysburg Campaign: Part 1

I have frequently in the past about Lt. Col. Elijah V. White and his “Comanches” of the 35th Battalion, Virginia Cavalry and their raid on Hanover Junction, Pennsylvania. Recently a representative from the county parks system (a geologist), a docent … Continue reading

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