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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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“At any cost”: Prominent officer from York recalled Cold Harbor: Part 3

On June 1, 1864, Lieutenant Colonel James A. Stahle, a West Manchester Township native, and the veterans of the 87th Pennsylvania had occupied a forward position well in advance of their Sixth Corps comrades after a successful charge, but they … Continue reading

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Efforts have continued in Congress for 125+ years to approve repayment for burnt bridge

On Sunday evening, June 28, 1863, under orders from a major general in  Harrisburg, Pennsylvania state militiamen oversaw the preparations and then the execution of a plan to destroy the mile-and-a-quarter long covered bridge over the Susquehanna River between Wrightsville … Continue reading

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Glossbrenner vs. Bailey: Politics in Civil War-era York, Pa.

Adam John Glossbrenner was a veteran politician from York, Pennsylvania.  Born in Hagerstown, Maryland, on August 31, 1810, he decided to become a printer and moved west to Hamilton, Ohio in 1827, where he became the publisher of the Western … Continue reading

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