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10-year-old girl escaped from Hanover just as the battle erupted

Imagine going about your daily business when suddenly word comes that enemy troops are fast approaching and a battle looms. You are far from your home, potentially caught up in the path of the fighting. Already armed soldiers on horseback … Continue reading

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York CWRT presents Gettysburg House Historian discussing the Codori and Culp Farms on Oct. 19

The York Civil War Round Table will feature Gettysburg house historian Kendra Debany at its monthly meeting on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at 7 p.m. Kendra will present “Gettysburg House Historian: Examining the History of the Henry Culp and Nicholas … Continue reading

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Homemade bread, preserves, hot coffee & gunpowder!

The year was 1938. In Gettysburg, thousands of aged Civil War veterans gathered together one final time to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg. Many York Countians, some still living, traveled to view the massive encampment and … Continue reading

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More stories from the Confederate invasion of York County

As many as 11,000 Confederate soldiers marched or rode through scenic York County, Pennsylvania, during the days preceding the battle of Gettysburg. They came in three distinct waves (and from different directions), starting with a small-scale incursion on June 27 … Continue reading

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Civil War vets honored the memory of beloved York nurse

Amelia M. Kurtz never married, living with her sister Catherine (Kate) until the latter’s death when Amelia inherited their home on North George Street near Clarke Alley and a modest amount of stock. She was never very wealthy, although she … Continue reading

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Impetuous York youth threatened to kill Rebel General Gordon

On Sunday, June 28, 1863, Brigadier General John Brown Gordon led his Georgia infantry brigade into downtown York as a regimental band played lively tunes. The 31st Georgia, fronted by William Henry “Tip” Harrison and the color guard, led the … Continue reading

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Resident recalled Rebel invasion of York 75 years later

It was July 4, 1938, Independence Day in America. In Gettysburg, the 75th anniversary commemoration of the battle of Gettysburg was still in full swing. Some 30 miles to the east, aged York resident William Wiest sat down with his … Continue reading

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Paul Revere’s Ride Had Rival in Hanover

“Listen my children and you shall hear, of the midnight ride of Paul Revere…” Millions of school children for more than 100 years have read famed poet Henry W. Longfellow’s stirring words, however historically inaccurate they may be, about his … Continue reading

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The Wooden Horse and the Golden Ticket: Part 3

In our first two posts on the subject, we looked at 19th century historian George R. Prowell’s postwar overview of the “wooden horse,” pro-Confederate sentiment among south-central Pennsylvanians that led them to flock to join the secretive Knights of the … Continue reading

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The Wooden Horse and the Golden Ticket: Part 2

In our previous post on the subject, we looked at 19-century historian George R. Prowell’s review of the so-called “wooden horse” in southern Pennsylvania, a secretive pro-Confederate organization that in other parts of the country was known as the Knights … Continue reading

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