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Save the Mifflin House: why we all should care.

A few months ago, I was among a small group of fellow history buffs who were invited on a personal tour of the historic Mifflin House, known to its Quaker founders as “Hybla,” just outside of Wrightsville, Pennsylvania. A generation … 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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“Pickett’s Charge at Gettysburg” Topic for York CWRT on May 18

The York Civil War Round Table welcomes co-authors James A. Hessler  and Wayne E. Motts as their featured speakers at its monthly meeting on Wednesday, May 18th at 7 p.m. The authors will present a Power Point talk based on … Continue reading

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Road trip: Civil War sites near Knoxville, Tennessee

I was recently in Knoxville, Tennessee, to speak to the Knoxville Civil War Round Table on my book The Louisiana Tigers in the Gettysburg Campaign. Before the talk, my friend Jim Doncaster, a former fellow York resident, was kind enough … Continue reading

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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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Road Trip: Chickamauga National Battlefield Park in northern Georgia

For the first time in more than 20 years, I visited Chickamauga National Battlefield in northern Georgia. The battle was nearly a Federal fiasco. Only the steadying hand of Major General George Thomas saved the Union army from a total … Continue reading

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Hupp’s Hill Civil War Park near Strasburg, Va.: Part 2

In Part 1 of this two-part Cannonball blog entry (sponsored by the York Daily Record newspaper), we will go inside the Hupp’s Hill Cedar Creek Museum. The site is just north of Strasburg, Virginia, alongside U.S. Route 11 (the old … Continue reading

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Richard Sauers’ new book: Civil War Battlegrounds

Long-time Pennsylvania writer and historian Richard Sauers is well known for a number of books and magazine articles he has written, including his authoritative two-volume series on Pennsylvania’s Civil War flags, Advance the Colors. He has also worked as an … Continue reading

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“Country” magazine explores some of the Civil War’s hallowed battlefields

This striking photograph of the angle on Cemetery Ridge at Gettysburg National Military Park in Adams County, Pennsylvania, is courtesy of Country magazine and is used with written permission. A representative of the magazine offers these comments on their latest … Continue reading

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