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The surrender: did York really have a choice?

For more than 150 years, residents and writers have debated whether the civic leaders of York, Pennsylvania, should have surrendered their town to a Confederate general during the Gettysburg Campaign. On Saturday, June 27, 1863, Chief Burgess David Small, two … Continue reading

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Young York businessman attended Lincoln’s first inauguration

It was March 4, 1861. After a bitter and contentious election that saw, for the first time, a Republican take the presidency, it was time for that man, former Illinois congressman Abraham Lincoln, to take office. In the intervening months … Continue reading

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“Sham patriots, hypocrites, and vampires”

Politics has often been a bitter affair, dividing communities, families, churches, and businesses. So divisive, in fact, that in most American towns throughout the 19th and 20th centuries separate newspapers emerged to reflect the political and social views of owner-editors. … Continue reading

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York County ties to the fighting on the Second Day at Gettysburg

Did you know there are some York County PA connections to the bitter late afternoon and early evening fighting on the Second Day of the battle of Gettysburg, July 2, 1863? Here are a few of those local ties… Jubal … Continue reading

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Spy Stories

Savas Beatie LLC has just published Tom Ryan’s excellent new book on Spies, Scouts, and Secrets in the Gettysburg Campaign: How the Critical Role of Intelligence Impacted the Outcome of Lee’s Invasion of the North. June-July 1865. It is a … Continue reading

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Fear in the Susquehanna Valley – the Emergency of 1862: Part 3

The Capitol Grounds at Harrisburg turned into a camp [Theodore R. Davis sketch which first appeared in Harper’s Weekly, October 4, 1862]. www.sonofthesouth.net The Pennsylvania Legislature had created laws concerning the creation and utilization of a state militia back during … Continue reading

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York businessman A. B. Farquhar accused in scheme to defraud Union soldiers

Few 19th century photographs exist of York PA industrialist A. B. Farquhar, who played a pivotal role during the 1863 Gettysburg Campaign in trying to protect his adopted town from being damaged by oncoming Confederate forces from the Army of … Continue reading

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