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Hanover “Emergency Men” Sought State Pensions as Veterans

As tens of thousands of Confederates threatened to invade southern Pennsylvania in mid-June 1863, Republican Governor Andrew G. Gregg, a staunch ally of President Lincoln, issued a proclamation seeking volunteers to join several proposed regiments of Pennsylvania Volunteer Militia for … Continue reading

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Hanover soldiers, captured at Gettysburg’s Witmer Farm, paroled in York

In several Cannonball blog posts a few years ago, I covered in some detail the interesting story of the men and boys from Hanover, Pennsylvania, who, during the threatened Confederate invasion of June 1863, left their homes, farms, schools, and … Continue reading

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PA Gov. Samuel W. Pennypacker served in 26th Militia during the Gettysburg Campaign

The Civil War monument in the Morris Cemetery in Phoenixville, PA, is near the grave of a former Pennsylvania governor who was a veteran of the Gettysburg Campaign. Until 2011, a bronze statue of a soldier topped this monument until … Continue reading

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York County theological student fought at Witmer Farm skirmish

A supply wagon of the 26th Pennsylvania Volunteer Militia hastily escapes along the Chambersburg Pike and heads toward Gettysburg while the infantry crosses muddy farm fields to the northeast as Rebel cavalry approaches. Miniatures from Scott Mingus Last year the … Continue reading

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Civil War relic found from Witmer Farm skirmish

This U.S. belt plate was manufactured by the W. H. Smith Company in Brooklyn, New York, for use by the Union Army during the American Civil War. The firm produced tens of thousands of these brass buckles for the various … Continue reading

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Hanover Militia Company Fights at Witmer Farm, Part 5

  In mid-afternoon, June 26, 1863, nearly a thousand Civil War soldiers clashed within site of this now peaceful farm in Adams County, Pennsylvania. Located along Goldenville Road northeast of Gettysburg, the Henry Witmer farm was a scene of chaos … Continue reading

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Hanover Militia Company Fights at Witmer Farm, Part 4

Former area resident Linda Cleveland’s rough sketch map of the June 26, 1863 Civil War skirmish at Witmer Farm in Straban Township, Adams County, Pennsylvania. Confederate cavalry of the Army of Northern Virginia drove off the 26th Pennsylvania Volunteer Militia … Continue reading

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Hanover Militia Company Fights at Witmer Farm, Part 3

  Hanover Junction, Pennsylvania. The intersection of the Northern Central Railway (right) and the Hanover Branch Railroad (left). The latter in 1863 terminated in Gettysburg. Courtesy of the Library of Congress. After three days of cursory training in Harrisburg, on … Continue reading

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Hanover Militia Company Fights at Witmer Farm, Part 1

Centre Square in Hanover, PA in 1863. Photographed from a wayside marker in Hanover. Original in the collection of the Hanover Historical Society, Pennsylvania Room. In mid-June 1863, news arrived in Hanover in southwestern York County PA that parts of … Continue reading

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