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Is it honestly Abe?

The vast public holdings of the U. S. government include thousands of vintage photographs from the Civil War. At least six of them show Hanover Junction, Pennsylvania, and are credited to the Mathew Brady studio in Washington, D.C. They were … 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 2

Let’s go back in our minds to Saturday afternoon, June 27, 1863, in scenic southern York County, Pennsylvania. Ticket agent Joseph Leib, Hanover Branch Railroad Conductor John Eckert, and their engineer and fireman are scrambling to get the steam up … 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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John H. Scott: Wartime hotelkeeper at Hanover Junction

This detail from a November 1863 photograph by a member of the Matthew Brady firm from Washington shows the Junction Hotel at Hanover Junction in southern York County, Pennsylvania. During the mid-19th century, this was a popular hotel, general store, … Continue reading

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York CWRT to host talk on “The Northern Central Railway in the Civil War”

The railroads of both the North and the South played important roles in the Civil War, perhaps more so than in any previous war. Troops, ammunition, supplies, horses and mules, coal for naval ships, and cargo of all sorts for … Continue reading

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150 years ago today – The Gettysburg Address

On the morning of November 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln arose at the David Wills House on the square in downtown Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. He faced a busy day, highlighted by a procession to the National Cemetery and the lengthy dedication … Continue reading

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Famed general Winfield Scott & daughters at Hanover Junction?

A photographic team visited Hanover Junction, Pennsylvania, in November 1863 to take photographs of the dignitaries waiting there for the westbound train to Gettysburg. Hanover Junction, located in southern York County less than 20 miles from the Maryland line, was … Continue reading

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Junction Hotel was a popular rest spot for railroad travelers

During the mid-19th century, Hanover Junction, Pennsylvania, was a widely used railroad interchange where the east-west railroad to Gettysburg met the north-south railroad which ran between Baltimore and Harrisburg (and points north). During the Gettysburg Campaign, thousands of wounded soldiers … Continue reading

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Baltimore sued Northern Central Railway for selling ticket to runaway slave: Part 2

A previous post explored a controversial May 1855 situation in Hanover, Pennsylvania, when a railroad ticket agent sold a ticket to a young black man, despite protests from white onlookers that the man and his two companions in reality were … Continue reading

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