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Anti-Lincoln sentiment swept 1863 local elections in York County

Abraham Lincoln, though widely beloved and admired today, was controversial, to say the least, during his time in office as president of the United States during the American Civil War. Many Democrats strongly opposed his prosecution of the war; some … Continue reading

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The surrender: did York really have a choice?

For more than 150 years, residents and writers have debated whether the civic leaders of York, Pennsylvania, should have surrendered their town to a Confederate general during the Gettysburg Campaign. On Saturday, June 27, 1863, Chief Burgess David Small, two … 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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York’s chief burgess creates more controversy in Oct. 1863

Scene of downtown York, Pennsylvania, in the mid-19th century. David Small served as the chief burgess during the Civil War. He was also the owner of the local Democratic newspaper, the York Gazette. Republicans naturally had little kind to say … Continue reading

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