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New book recounts creation of Gettysburg Civil War mural

On the cloudy morning of Monday, June 29, 1863, Confederate Colonel Isaac E. Avery awoke in the U. S. Army General Hospital on the south side of York, PA. He was not a patient. He was an enemy soldier, occupying … Continue reading

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Eyewitness accounts from Texans who fought at Antietam

“Known as the Battle of Antietam by the Union and the Battle of Sharpsburg by the Confederates, the day-long battle near Antietam Creek on September 17 [1862] is widely recognized as the single bloodiest day in American history. On that … Continue reading

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The tanned Confederate colonel: Part 2

In part 1 of this 2-part series, W. H. F. Payne, a former Civil War general who had served in the Gettysburg Campaign as the lieutenant colonel of the 2nd North Carolina Cavalry under J.E.B. Stuart, shared his memories of … Continue reading

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The tanned Confederate colonel: Part 1

W. H. F. Payne had been an attorney from Warrenton, Virginia, before the Civil War. The father of ten had enlisted as a private in a local military unit at the start of the war, but soon became a captain … Continue reading

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Great Caesar, didn’t we get a lot of horses

In early May 1901, a small group of former officers in the Confederate army were sitting in the Confederate records room of the War Department in Washington, D.C.  They included the famed “Gray Ghost of the Confederacy,” John Singleton Mosby, … Continue reading

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Fine new book on the 31st Virginia, “Hoffman’s Army” was part of Rebel force that occupied York PA

As the biographer of Confederate General William “Extra Billy” Smith, I have long been interested in the 31st Virginia, a regiment in Smith’s brigade during the early part of 1863 and during the Gettysburg Campaign. Its long-time leader, Colonel John … Continue reading

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Resident shared memories of the battle of Hanover

In our last post, 19th-century historian George R. Prowell had interviewed former Hanover shopkeeper Joseph C. Holland about his memories of Lt. Col. Elijah V. White’s June 27, 1863, raid on Hanover and the battle of Hanover three days later. … Continue reading

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Rebel doctor years later repaid York farmer for horse taken in Gettysburg Campaign

The Jacob Rudy farm is illustrated by the blue arrow in the above detail from an 1876 Atlas of York County. It was one of the few farms along the York-Gettysburg turnpike (now the Lincoln Highway, Route 462) in Hellam … 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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York CWRT to discuss “Mosby’s Rangers” on July 15

The York Civil War Round Table will feature author Eric W. Buckland at its monthly meeting on Wednesday, July 15, 2015. Mr. Buckland will present a PowerPoint talk based on his five books on the 43rd Battalion Virginia Cavalry – … Continue reading

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