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The 87th Pennsylvania’s baptism of fire 155 years ago at Second Winchester

On Friday, June 12, 1863, elements of the 87th Pennsylvania Infantry, raised primarily in York County, engaged in a sharp firefight with Confederate Maryland cavalry under Maj. Harry Gilmor along today’s Route 11 south of Winchester, Virginia. This skirmish marked … Continue reading

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York CWRT to host Cavalry Historian Eric Wittenberg on May 16

Press Release from the York Civil War Round Table: On May 16, 2018, please join the York Civil War Round Table in its 21st Year in welcoming American Civil War cavalry historian and author, Eric J. Wittenberg, to our meeting … Continue reading

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York CWRT to discuss “Abolitionists of South Central Pennsylvania” on Feb. 21

PRESS RELEASE FROM THE YORK CWRT – On February 21, 2018, please join the York Civil War Round Table in its 21st campaign year, as the group welcomes local author and historian Cooper H. Wingert as their featured guest speaker. … Continue reading

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York CWRT presents “ A Civil War Captain and His Lady” on January 17, 2018

Press Release from Kathy Friel of the York (PA) Civil War Round Table: On January 17, 2018, please join the York Civil War Round Table as it kicks off its 21st campaign year, welcoming local author Gene Barr as the … Continue reading

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Virginia’s waterways were paths to freedom for escaped slaves

South-central Pennsylvania, including York and Adams counties, were often the first place that escaped slaves from Maryland and Virginia headed in their quest for freedom. Several books, including those by Cooper Wingert and David G. Smith, cover the topic across … Continue reading

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Entertaining the Yorkers: Extra Billy Smith’s Sunday parade

More than 11,000 Confederate soldiers passed through York County, Pennsylvania, in the last days of June 1863 during the Gettysburg Campaign. Days later, most of the men, other than 100 or so deserters picked up locally by Federal authorities, fought … Continue reading

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York CWRT Presents the Thomas Nast Patriotic Civil War Santa Claus on November 15

Press Release – York Civil War Round Table, York PA On November 15, 2017, please join the York Civil War Round Table in its 20th Anniversary Year, welcoming Civil War living historian Kevin Rawlings portraying the Thomas Nast Patriotic Civil … Continue reading

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Mourning Customs during the Civil War period

More than 500 soldiers from York County, Pennsylvania, died in the Civil War, according to researcher Dennis W. Brandt, whose detailed database of local soldiers is available on line at the website of the York County History Center. The first … Continue reading

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Eyewitness accounts from Texans who fought at Antietam

“Known as the Battle of Antietam by the Union and the Battle of Sharpsburg by the Confederates, the day-long battle near Antietam Creek on September 17 [1862] is widely recognized as the single bloodiest day in American history. On that … Continue reading

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“Extra Billy” Smith is the subject at the York CWRT on Oct. 18

More than 11,000 Confederate soldiers marched or rode through York County, Pennsylvania, during the week before the battle of Gettysburg. Perhaps none was as colorful, or controversial, as Brigadier General William “Extra Billy” Smith. Today, few Civil War buffs know … Continue reading

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