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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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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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