Tag Archives: Hanover

10-year-old girl escaped from Hanover just as the battle erupted

Imagine going about your daily business when suddenly word comes that enemy troops are fast approaching and a battle looms. You are far from your home, potentially caught up in the path of the fighting. Already armed soldiers on horseback … Continue reading

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Hanover “Emergency Men” Sought State Pensions as Veterans

As tens of thousands of Confederates threatened to invade southern Pennsylvania in mid-June 1863, Republican Governor Andrew G. Gregg, a staunch ally of President Lincoln, issued a proclamation seeking volunteers to join several proposed regiments of Pennsylvania Volunteer Militia for … Continue reading

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Hanover woman reportedly married wounded soldier she nursed to health

The York Daily on December 2, 1887, reprinted a story from the Hanover Spectator about an unnamed Hanover woman who had nursed a badly wounded soldier, shot at the battle of Gettysburg, back to health and then married him. Such … Continue reading

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The tanned Confederate colonel: Part 2

In part 1 of this 2-part series, W. H. F. Payne, a former Civil War general who had served in the Gettysburg Campaign as the lieutenant colonel of the 2nd North Carolina Cavalry under J.E.B. Stuart, shared his memories of … Continue reading

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The tanned Confederate colonel: Part 1

W. H. F. Payne had been an attorney from Warrenton, Virginia, before the Civil War. The father of ten had enlisted as a private in a local military unit at the start of the war, but soon became a captain … Continue reading

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Hanover soldiers, captured at Gettysburg’s Witmer Farm, paroled in York

In several Cannonball blog posts a few years ago, I covered in some detail the interesting story of the men and boys from Hanover, Pennsylvania, who, during the threatened Confederate invasion of June 1863, left their homes, farms, schools, and … Continue reading

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Paul Revere’s Ride Had Rival in Hanover

“Listen my children and you shall hear, of the midnight ride of Paul Revere…” Millions of school children for more than 100 years have read famed poet Henry W. Longfellow’s stirring words, however historically inaccurate they may be, about his … Continue reading

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Resident shared memories of the battle of Hanover

In our last post, 19th-century historian George R. Prowell had interviewed former Hanover shopkeeper Joseph C. Holland about his memories of Lt. Col. Elijah V. White’s June 27, 1863, raid on Hanover and the battle of Hanover three days later. … 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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The sergeant never forgot

The largest military battle ever fought in York County, Pennsylvania, occurred in Hanover on June 30, 1863, when Major General J.E.B. Stuart’s Confederate three cavalry brigades clashed for several hours with Union troopers under General Judson Kilpatrick.  The fighting at … Continue reading

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