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Living historians honor York’s 87th Pennsylvania: Part 2

Recently, I began a brief series of posts with interviews with some of the Civil War reenactment community here in York County, Pennsylvania. More than 5,000 soldiers from this county served in the Civil War. Perhaps the most famous regiment … Continue reading

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Living historians honor York’s 87th Pennsylvania

I have long enjoyed speaking with living historians of various periods, those hobbyists who like to dress in recreations of historical uniforms or clothing and, most importantly, share a glimpse of what life might have been like for long ago … Continue reading

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87th Pennsylvania Living Historians Release 2017 Schedule of Events

The 87th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry is looking for a few good men (and women!) to join their ranks. They are accepting new members to portray infantrymen, civilians, sutlers, doctors, and other historical impressions. The original regiment was raised in September … Continue reading

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Ex-POW fell off train returning from 50th anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg

John A. Martin, like many other local veterans of the Civil War, made plans in late June, 1913, to travel to Gettysburg to attend the 50th anniversary commemoration of the battle of Gettysburg. The invitation was open to any Civil … Continue reading

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Annual Reunion of the Officers of the 87th Pennsylvania – 1866 account

The 87th Pennsylvania remained arguably the best-known regiment raised in York County during the Civil War. Assigned to guard bridges in Maryland early in the war, the infantry regiment spent the winter and spring of 1863 on mundane garrison duty … Continue reading

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Co. C, 87th Pennsylvania remembers the 153rd anniversary of the battle of Monocacy

Several members of the York County-based Company C, 87th Pennsylvania reenactors journeyed south to the Frederick, Maryland, area to help the National Park Service commemorate the 153rd anniversary of the battle of Monocacy. At that pitched fight on July 9, … Continue reading

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Men of the 87th PA defended Bunker Hill churches

Concurrent with the opening of the Second Battle of Winchester, Confederate Brig. Gen. Albert G. Jenkins led his Virginia cavalry and mounted infantry on Saturday, June 13, 1863, toward the small Union garrison protecting the Opequon River crossing on the … Continue reading

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87th PA officer escaped from prison after being captured at 2nd Winchester: Part 2

Today, we pick up the fascinating, almost movie-like story of Lt. Harry Welsh of the 87th Pennsylvania Infantry. Welsh, a resident of York County, had enlisted at the age of 20 in September 1861. Two years later, the young officer … Continue reading

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87th PA officer escaped from prison after being captured at 2nd Winchester: Part 1

William Henry Harrison “Harry” Welsh, according to longtime York-area researcher and historian Dennis W. Brandt, was a Hanover native who spent much of his boyhood hanging around Henry Snyder’s blacksmith shop, which was in a building owned by Harry’s father. … Continue reading

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Glen Rock veteran served in the 87th Pennsylvania; captured at 2nd Winchester

John Hufnagel of the Glen Rock Historic Preservation Society graciously sent me the above newspaper clipping from the York Gazette of January 24, 1930, about a local veteran who had recently died. With the recent focus on the 87th Pennsylvania … Continue reading

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