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Yankees and Rebels both camped on Wrightsville farm

The last of June 1863 were momentous times for the citizens of Wrightsville, Pennsylvania. Situated on the western bank of the Susquehanna River, the town was the western terminus of what was then the world’s longest covered bridge. The Northern … Continue reading

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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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School group in 1895 explored old Civil War fortifications along Codorus Creek

During the late spring of 1863, railroad and civic officials throughout south-central Pennsylvania feared that Robert E. Lee’s oncoming Confederate Army of Northern Virginia might target the transportation infrastructure, in particular railroads and bridges. Efforts were made at several locations … Continue reading

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4,000 attended parade & dedication of Dover’s Civil War tablet to Jeb Stuart: Part 4

More than 4,000 people had crammed into tiny Dover, Pennsylvania, on November 23, 1907, to watch a parade and then attend the unveiling ceremonies for a metal tablet commemorating Dover’s role in the Gettysburg Campaign; specifically, Jeb Stuart’s stay at … Continue reading

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4,000 attended parade & dedication of Dover’s Civil War tablet to Jeb Stuart: Part 3

Stuart’s two-day ride through York County caused calamity for the citizenry. His division’s horses were exhausted from the long ride from Salem, Virginia, through Maryland and then the mounted fighting at Hanover, Pennsylvania, on June 30, 1863. Then, the weary … Continue reading

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4,000 attended parade & dedication of Dover’s Civil War tablet to Jeb Stuart: Part 2

Major General J.E.B. Stuart led more than 4,500 veteran Confederate cavalrymen through western York County on June 30, 1863, following the Battle of Hanover. His men paused for the night in fields surrounding Dover, Pennsylvania, before heading northward on July … Continue reading

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Rebel invasion recalled 28 years later: Part 4 “The dainty morsel of pine”

Twenty-eight years after the Confederates invaded Pennsylvania in what became known as the Gettysburg Campaign, the York Daily newspaper ran a lengthy article on June 29, 1891, recalling key events in York County, including preparations in Wrightsville to defend the … Continue reading

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Rebel invasion recalled 28 years later: Part 3 Two courageous volunteers

Twenty-eight years after Confederate Major General Jubal Early led more than 6,600 Confederate infantry, cavalry, and artillerymen into York County, Pennsylvania, the York Daily newspaper republished a story in the Philadelphia Press that recounted many details of the invasion, with … Continue reading

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Rebel invasion recalled 28 years later: Part 2 The unwise country physician

On June 29, 1891, the York Daily newspaper republished an article that had appeared the previous day in the Philadelphia Press marking the 28th anniversary of the Confederate expedition to capture the long covered bridge between York and Lancaster counties. … Continue reading

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Rebel invasion recalled 28 years later: Part 1 The Rebels are coming!

I am always interested in fresh accounts of the Confederate invasion of June 1863, a time when more than 11,000 Rebel soldiers in three columns marched or rode into York County, Pennsylvania. Some of these add more details or human … Continue reading

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