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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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Daring York youth snatched button from Jubal Early’s uniform coat

Confederate Major General Jubal Anderson Early, shown above in this image from the National Archives, was known as an irascible, easily irritated man who could easily fly off the handle at the slightest provocation. His prickly temper and profanity-laced tirades … Continue reading

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Sorting fact from legend – Robert E. Lee’s visit to Dover PA

Robert E. Lee walked the streets of Dover. The Pickets area along the Conewago Creek was named for Confederate General George Pickett, whose troops watered their horses there. John Brown Gordon held a prayer circle with the Andrew Menges family … Continue reading

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Robert E. Lee Comes Home From War: Topic at York CWRT on September 16

National Park Service photo of Ranger Matt Atkinson The York Civil War Round Table will feature Matt Atkinson at its monthly meeting on September 16, 2015. Mr. Atkinson will present a PowerPoint talk on “Robert E. Lee Comes Home from … Continue reading

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One-tank road trips: Rock Run / Stafford (CSA General J J Archer’s birthplace)

James J. Archer, a lawyer and officer in the U. S. Army during the Mexican War,  later served as a brigadier general in the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War. He was born in this house, the Carter-Archer … Continue reading

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New book on the legendary Stonewall Jackson

Thomas Jonathan Jackson at the beginning of the War Between the States was a rather obscure Confederate general. A professor at the Virginia Military Academy, he had enough political connections, military training, and stature to secure a commission as a … Continue reading

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CSA generals’ graves in Spring Hill Cemetery, Lynchburg VA

In my previous Cannonball post, I showed photos of the grave of Confederate General Jubal Anderson Early and briefly summarized his expedition through York County, PA, during the 1863 Gettysburg Campaign. Early is the most notable person interred in Spring … Continue reading

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Jubal Early’s grave in Lynchburg, Virginia

For three days in late June 1863, the phrase “General Early” was quite familiar to many of the 60,000+ residents of York County, Pennsylvania. Confederate Major General Jubal Anderson Early, a vitriolic commander noted as much for his profane temper … Continue reading

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York CWRT : George Pickett: Southern Patriot or War Criminal topic on August 20

The York Civil War Round Table invites the public to its monthly meeting on Wednesday, August 20 at 7:00 PM in the auditorium of the York County Heritage Trust, 250 E. Market Street, York, PA. The meeting and parking are … Continue reading

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Barksdale’s Charge: New book by Dr. Phillip Thomas Tucker

It was perhaps his finest hour as a military officer. It was also his last. In the late afternoon of July 2, 1863, Confederate Brigadier General William Barksdale led his veteran Mississippians forward on the Second Day of the Battle … Continue reading

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