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York soldier saved & inscribed old book in Virginia

The 87th Pennsylvania is perhaps the best-known infantry regiment from York County, Pennsylvania, where the majority of its companies were raised. Perhaps a close second is the 200th Pennsylvania, which saw hard fighting in the Army of the Potomac during … Continue reading

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Road trip! Appomattox Courthouse, Virginia: Part 5

This final group of pictures comes from the northern/eastern part of the Appomattox National Historic Site and battlefield park, within the old April 1865 Confederate lines. All photos by Scott Mingus, April 11, 2016.

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Road trip! Appomattox Courthouse, Virginia: Part 4

While the main attraction of the Appomattox National Historic Site is the restored village and the McLean house where Robert E. Lee surrendered his Army of Northern Virginia to Ulysses S Grant. However, the boundaries of the park contain much … Continue reading

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Road trip! Appomattox Courthouse, Virginia: Part 3

Wilmer McLean had thought he had moved his family far from the war zone of Northern Virginia. He was wrong. The war came to him in early April 1865 when Union troops blocked the escape route of the road-weary, battle-depleted … Continue reading

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Road trip! Appomattox Courthouse, Virginia: Part 2

Here are some more photos from my recent visit to Appomattox.

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Road trip! Appomattox Courthouse, Virginia: Part 1

The Civil War, some like to say, began in Virginia farmer Wilmer McLean’s back yard and ended in his parlor.  McLean owned a house near Manassas on what became the Bull Run battlefield. The war, of course, was already in … Continue reading

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New book on the last year of the Civil War

150 years ago this spring the American Civil War finally ended after four years of bloodshed, turmoil, and heartaches uncountable. More than 700,000 young men lay dead, with tens of thousands more maimed, disabled, sick, or otherwise permanently incapacitated. Residents … Continue reading

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York County soldier was at Appomattox; saw General Lee

Thousands of men from York County served in the Union army (and a handful in the Confederate army) during the American Civil War. Only a handful, however, ever recorded seeing legendary Confederate General Robert E. Lee in person. One hundred … Continue reading

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150th Anniversary Events at Appomattox Courthouse

Actors portraying Lee and Grant in the McLean House during the making of the park’s new film (to be released for the 150th in April, 2015). Aperture Films The sesquicentennial at the Park will be centered around real time commemorative … Continue reading

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