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One-tank trips: GAR Museum & Library in Philadelphia (Part 2)

In Part 1 of this brief two-part series, we looked at some photos I took during a December 2017 visit to the Grand Army of the Republic Museum & Library in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Only a small portion of their holdings … Continue reading

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Book features legendary Gettysburg relics collection

J. Howard Wert, a native of Gettysburg and a scout during the 1863 Gettysburg Campaign, came from a well-connected German-American family which had a deep connection to the early history of the United States. Family members fought in the French … Continue reading

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More Civil War relics found in York well after the war

In the years following the Civil War, at times residents of York County, Pennsylvania, found relics and artifacts in various places. That continued well into the 1960s when Mark Snell, later a well-known Civil War author and educator, found an … Continue reading

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More old-time donations of Civil War items to the historical society

Cannonball reader John Hufnagle is a strong supporter of the Glen Rock Historical Society, one of the many excellent community heritage organizations to seek to preserve the history of their respective regions. John noted my blog post on the 1902 … Continue reading

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1902: Civil War relics donated to York Historical Society

Many children growing up in the late 1800’s could listen to their father’s or other relatives’ firsthand stories of the American Civil War. Likely, they could also see, touch, and handle authentic relics and souvenirs brought back from the army … Continue reading

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Was cannon tube now at Hanover Junction used at the battle of Gettysburg?

Four vintage Civil War-era cannon tubes are mounted along the York County Heritage Rail Trail (the old Northern Central Railway right-of-way) at Hanover Junction, Pennsylvania. Hundreds of bicyclists pass by these four guns and a nearby modern art metal sculpture … Continue reading

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Guest blogger: Michael Bernzweig on the hobby of metal detecting

One of my friends found these items while metal detecting a couple of years ago at the site of the June 28, 1863, skirmish at Wrightsville, Pennsylvania. Another friend has also found dropped Minie balls and other artifacts in a … Continue reading

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Smithsonian Civil War collection featured in new book

While the public unfortunately cannot currently enter the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., because of the government shutdown, some of their extensive holdings of Civil War relics, artifacts, letters, uniforms, photographs, and ephemera can be viewed in a fascinating new … Continue reading

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Historic Wrightsville, Pa., Museum features Civil War displays

The historic town of Wrightsville, Pennsylvania, is nestled along the banks of the mile-wide Susquehanna River in eastern York County. Today it has about 2,300 residents, roughly double its size during the American Civil War. Some accounts suggest that this … Continue reading

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York County relic hunter has impressive collection

I first met fellow York Countian Gary Heiland a couple of years ago when I gave a Civil War talk at Shank’s Mare along the Susquehanna River. He has long been interested in collecting Civil War relics and other old … Continue reading

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