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Civil War submarine Hunley to be topic at York CWRT meeting

On March 15, 2017, please join the York Civil War Round Table in its 20th Anniversary Year, welcoming historical reenactor and lecturer Michael Jesberger to our meeting for his presentation on “The H.L. Hunley – Confederate Submarine.” The monthly meeting … Continue reading

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Historic Underground Railroad station near Wrightsville faces uncertain future: Part 2

In part 1 of this brief two-part series, we looked at the Mifflins, who were major conductors in the Underground Railroad in eastern York County, Pennsylvania, during the 1810-1840 time frame. Scores (perhaps hundreds) of freedom seekers passed through this … 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 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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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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York CWRT August Meeting – “Texans at Gettysburg: Blood and Glory with Hood’s Texas Brigade”

On Wednesday evening, August 17, join the York Civil War Roundtable in welcoming Randy Drais for his presentation about his co-authored book “Texans at Gettysburg: Blood and Glory With Hood’s Texas Brigade” – by Joseph L. Owen and Randy S. … Continue reading

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New book: Courageous Women of the Civil War

M. R. Cordell is among those modern writers who have recently issued books aimed at the teenage/young adult reader.  She holds a master’s degree in writing from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota and has numerous previous magazine articles to … Continue reading

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New account of Louisiana Tigers in York County surfaces

One of the joys of occasionally traveling around the East Coast giving PowerPoint presentations on my various Civil War books is the people I meet. At times, they share stories of their ancestors. Recently, before I spoke at the Lynchburg, … Continue reading

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Rebels confronted Wrightsville souvenir seeker

On a cloudy Sunday evening, June 28, 1863, more than 2,000 Confederates (including 1,800 veteran Georgia infantrymen) moved into position west of Wrightsville, Pennsylvania, in an effort to outflank a lengthy, horseshoe-shaped Union defensive line. The Yankees in the rifle … Continue reading

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Book on Confederate Senator touches on the controversial black Confederate combat soldier issue

The late Judith Y. Shearer and Derek B. Hankerson teamed up to write a short book (123 pages) explore the motives behind why some Southern men went to war. The book is entitled Belonging: The Civil War’s South We Never … Continue reading

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