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Battle to save Underground Railroad Station marks 154th anniversary of Rebel invasion of York County

Today marks the 154th anniversary of the beginning of the Confederate invasion of York County, Pennsylvania. Lieutenant Colonel Elijah V. White’s 35th Battalion, Virginia Cavalry, entered Hanover, where a delegation of city fathers had assembled to meet the oncoming Rebels. … Continue reading

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York’s Underground Railroad Heroes: Joseph Garretson

Jim McClure and I will be co-presenting a talk on the Underground Railroad in York County, Pennsylvania, at the February 15 monthly meeting of the York Civil War Round Table (250 E. Market Street, York; free admission and parking). I … Continue reading

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York’s Underground Railroad Heroes: Henry W. Grant

Henry W. Grant was born to slave parents in Cecil County, Maryland, and grew up on his master’s plantation. When he turned 19, he received his freedom  when his owner died.  Grant soon moved to Pennsylvania, where he eventually married … Continue reading

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Historic Underground Railroad station near Wrightsville faces uncertain future: Part 1

Back in June of this year, I published a well-received blog entry briefly outlining the history of the “Hybla” property and its signature 18th-century stone farmhouse just west of Wrightsville, Pennsylvania. Not only was this the sturdy home of Underground … Continue reading

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Underground Railroad was active in York

The publication committee of the York County History Center recently released the first comprehensive look at the activities of the secretive Underground Railroad in York County, Pennsylvania. Drawn from a diverse array of primary, and some post-Civil War secondary, sources, … Continue reading

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York County History Center To Release Underground Railroad Book: The Ground Swallowed Them Up

On September 1, 2016, the York County History Center will release the first book on the Underground Railroad ever to be published in York. Surprising, considering that from the 1820s through the early Civil War period, York County was a … Continue reading

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Historic house in Wrightsville was UGRR station and later a Confederate artillery position

Jonathan Mifflin was from a long and broad line of Quakers who settled in the Columbia/Wright’s Ferry/Wrightsville region of southern Pennsylvania. Members of his family were prominent in social, political, martial, and business circles, and intermarried with other leading Quakers.  … Continue reading

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Two board games useful to teach Pennsylvania Underground Railroad facts

Mayer Foner for many years operated a popular wargaming and board gaming store in Lemoyne, Pennsylvania. That store has been closed for many years, but Mayer remains interested in the hobby. A few years ago he produced two board games … Continue reading

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Book on Confederate Senator touches on the controversial black Confederate combat soldier issue

The late Judith Y. Shearer and Derek B. Hankerson teamed up to write a short book (123 pages) explore the motives behind why some Southern men went to war. The book is entitled Belonging: The Civil War’s South We Never … Continue reading

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York CWRT to Examine a Unique African American G.A.R. Post on February 17

The York Civil War Round Table will feature York Daily Record blogger Stephen H. Smith at its monthly meeting on Wednesday, February 17th at 7 p.m. Mr. Smith will present a Power Point talk titled “Examining A Unique African American … Continue reading

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