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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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One-tank trips: GAR Museum & Library in Philadelphia

The Grand Army of the Republic was the largest, and perhaps best known, of the many veterans fraternal organizations that sprang up in the North in the years following the American Civil War. Dr. Benjamin F. Stephenson founded the first … Continue reading

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Civil War vets reconnect after 48 years in York County

Following the American Civil War, veterans from both the North and South often assembled with their comrades to renew their acquaintances, relive old war stories, and to remember those who had given their last full measure of devotion. Some men … Continue reading

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Johnny Sisson: 15-year-old runaway turned combat rifleman

Johnny Sisson, a small, wiry farmboy in Dover, Ohio, was a rather rambunctious, determined lad. He likely stood out among his peers in rural Tuscarawas County in the eastern part of the Buckeye State. Sisson was a native of England, … Continue reading

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Ex-POW fell off train returning from 50th anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg

John A. Martin, like many other local veterans of the Civil War, made plans in late June, 1913, to travel to Gettysburg to attend the 50th anniversary commemoration of the battle of Gettysburg. The invitation was open to any Civil … 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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Trainloads of vets passed through York en route to the Gettysburg battle 50th anniversary

In our last two Cannonball blog posts, we looked at the preparations in the city of York for the 50th anniversary of the Confederate invasion and the subsequent battle of Gettysburg. Scores of local Civil War veterans traveled to Gettysburg … Continue reading

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York commemorates 50th anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg: Part 2

In my last post, I shared an old 1913 newspaper account of the preparations in York, Pennsylvania, for the 50th anniversary of Jubal Early’s occupation of the borough and the subsequent battle of Gettysburg. Here is the follow-up article from … Continue reading

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Civil War vets held ceremony on 50th anniversary of Rebel occupation of York

On Sunday morning, June 28, 1863, Confederate Brigadier General John Brown Gordon and more than 2,000 veteran Georgia infantrymen and Virginia cavalrymen and artillerymen marched eastward on the Gettysburg turnpike into York, Pennsylvania. York would be the largest Northern town … Continue reading

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Old Rebel spun several tall tales on postwar visit to York

After the Civil War, many veterans became passionate in their efforts to remember their service and that of fallen comrades. Parades, statues, lectures, books, music, museums, etc. – the list went on and on. Several former soldiers revisited battlefields and … Continue reading

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