Tag Archives: Battle of Hanover

10-year-old girl escaped from Hanover just as the battle erupted

Imagine going about your daily business when suddenly word comes that enemy troops are fast approaching and a battle looms. You are far from your home, potentially caught up in the path of the fighting. Already armed soldiers on horseback … Continue reading

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The tanned Confederate colonel: Part 2

In part 1 of this 2-part series, W. H. F. Payne, a former Civil War general who had served in the Gettysburg Campaign as the lieutenant colonel of the 2nd North Carolina Cavalry under J.E.B. Stuart, shared his memories of … Continue reading

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The tanned Confederate colonel: Part 1

W. H. F. Payne had been an attorney from Warrenton, Virginia, before the Civil War. The father of ten had enlisted as a private in a local military unit at the start of the war, but soon became a captain … Continue reading

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Resident shared memories of the battle of Hanover

In our last post, 19th-century historian George R. Prowell had interviewed former Hanover shopkeeper Joseph C. Holland about his memories of Lt. Col. Elijah V. White’s June 27, 1863, raid on Hanover and the battle of Hanover three days later. … Continue reading

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Storekeeper Joseph Holland recalled the Rebel invasion and the battle of Hanover

On the morning of June 17, 1863, Joseph C. Holland, like his fellow businessmen and shopkeepers in Hanover, Pennsylvania, could not have imagined the trouble that lay ahead in the days to come. Way down in Northern Virginia, more than … Continue reading

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The sergeant never forgot

The largest military battle ever fought in York County, Pennsylvania, occurred in Hanover on June 30, 1863, when Major General J.E.B. Stuart’s Confederate three cavalry brigades clashed for several hours with Union troopers under General Judson Kilpatrick.  The fighting at … Continue reading

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Civil War Then & Now — picture of the day

On the square in downtown Hanover, Pa., this old building was the Central Hotel in the mid-19th century. At the outset of the war, significant Union recruiting activity took place near here, and during the June 20, 1863, battle of … Continue reading

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A narrow escape for JEB Stuart at Hanover, Pa.

This meandering watercourse is the remnant of what was once a 15-foot wide and 15-foot deep ditch spanning several farm fields south of Hanover, Pennsylvania, near the Westminster Road. During the Civil War Battle of Hanover on June 30, 1863, … Continue reading

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Civil War postcard from Hanover, Pa.

One of my hobbies is collecting old postcards from the early 20th century with Civil War topics such as monuments, battlefields, generals and personalities, buildings, etc. My focal point is the Battle of Gettysburg, as well as ACW-related topics from … Continue reading

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In the Footsteps of J.E.B. Stuart: Rebels Ride from Hanover, Part 2

Background post: Rebels Ride from Hanover, Part 1 As some of J.E.B. Stuart’s Confederate cavalrymen escorted 125 captured Union supply wagons across Fairview Road south of Hanover, Pennsylvania, following the Battle of Hanover, outriders and foraging patrols frequently raided the … Continue reading

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