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Battle to save Underground Railroad Station marks 154th anniversary of Rebel invasion of York County

Today marks the 154th anniversary of the beginning of the Confederate invasion of York County, Pennsylvania. Lieutenant Colonel Elijah V. White’s 35th Battalion, Virginia Cavalry, entered Hanover, where a delegation of city fathers had assembled to meet the oncoming Rebels. … Continue reading

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Storekeeper Joseph Holland recalled the Rebel invasion and the battle of Hanover

On the morning of June 17, 1863, Joseph C. Holland, like his fellow businessmen and shopkeepers in Hanover, Pennsylvania, could not have imagined the trouble that lay ahead in the days to come. Way down in Northern Virginia, more than … Continue reading

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Whew! That was close!

It is Saturday morning, June 27, 1863, in Hanover, southwestern York County, Pennsylvania. All is quiet, but there is a noticeable nervousness in the air on what normally would have been baking day in this Germanic community. For several days, … Continue reading

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Early telegraphy at Hanover

In my past two Cannonball blog posts, we learned about railroad ticket agent Joseph Leib, conductor John Eckert, and telegrapher Daniel Trone and their efforts to escape from Hanover and Hanover Junction as Lt. Col. Elijah White’s Confederate raiders approached … Continue reading

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Local railroad official’s reminiscences of the Gettysburg Campaign: Part 1

Joseph Leib enjoyed a long career with the Northern Central Railway, Hanover Branch Railroad, and the Western Maryland Railroad. As the NCRW’s ticket agent at the Hanover depot in the late-1850s, he was the centerpiece of a lawsuit filed by … Continue reading

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Campaign to save the Hoke House, which was a Confederate campsite

The Hoke House is a familiar sight to the thousands of people who travel on PA Route 116 through Spring Grove, Pa. each day. Situated at the traffic circle, it has served as a tavern (dating back to the American … Continue reading

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Writer Benson Lossing visited Hanover Junction and Hanover after battle of Gettysburg

This photograph, supposedly taken on November 18, 1863, shows the railroad depot at Hanover Junction, Pennsylvania. A few months earlier in late June, Confederate cavalry under Lt. Col. Elijah V. White had raided this site, burning railroad cars, the turntable, … Continue reading

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Exploration of old earthworks defending Hanover Junction during the Gettysburg Campaign: Part 1

I have frequently in the past about Lt. Col. Elijah V. White and his “Comanches” of the 35th Battalion, Virginia Cavalry and their raid on Hanover Junction, Pennsylvania. Recently a representative from the county parks system (a geologist), a docent … Continue reading

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The Hanover Branch Railroad – part 3

Citizens and veteran Federal soldiers lounge on the front porch of the Hanover Junction train station in this photograph taken in the spring of 1865. Less than two years before, inexperienced recruits of the 20th Pennsylvania Volunteer Militia may have … Continue reading

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