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Dillsburg native was Rebel chaplain during the burning of Chambersburg

The burning of Chambersburg remains controversial in south-central Pennsylvania to this day. Once known as the “queen of the Cumberland Valley,” the town was an important stop on the Cumberland Valley Railroad and served as the company’s headquarters. It contained … Continue reading

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Civil War vets reconnect after 48 years in York County

Following the American Civil War, veterans from both the North and South often assembled with their comrades to renew their acquaintances, relive old war stories, and to remember those who had given their last full measure of devotion. Some men … Continue reading

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NYCHAPS to present talk on “J.E.B. Stuart’s Summer 1863 March Through Dillsburg”

  Thursday, June 6th, 7 p.m. at Maple Shade Barn York-area author, tour guide, award-winning miniature war-gamer, patented scientist, and history buff Scott Mingus will present his PowerPoint talk on “J.E.B. Stuart’s Summer 1863 March Through Dillsburg.” The public is … Continue reading

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The last Civil War soldier living in York County, Pa.

John Aquilla Wilson, is believed to be shown to the right of this early Abraham Lincoln impersonator, is believed to be the last surviving Civil War soldier who lived in York County at the time of his enlistment. The resident … Continue reading

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In the Footsteps of J.E.B. Stuart: The Aaron Firestone farm near Dillsburg

This old hilltop barn sits alongside York Road between Dover and Dillsburg, Pennsylvania. Thousands of cars drive past it every day, with almost none knowing (or caring I presume) about its historical significance. Back in 1863, more than 1,000 Confederate … Continue reading

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In the Footsteps of J.E.B. Stuart: Rebels raid Carroll Township farms

On July 1, 1863, concurrent with the afternoon fighting on the first day of the Battle of Gettysburg, more than 5,000 Confederate cavalrymen passed through Carroll Township in northwestern York County, Pennsylvania. They were commanded by Major General J.E.B. Stuart, … Continue reading

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Dillsburg’s postmaster chronicles the Rebel invasion

Early 20th century view of downtown Dillsburg, Pennsylvania, looking up Baltimore Street, the town’s main street. A. N. Eslinger’s post office and store were on the east side of the street in the middle of the block as one walked … Continue reading

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