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More on the honest Rebel surgeon and the Rudy family of Hellam Township

Back in September, I wrote a blog post about Dr. E. A. Jelks of Quitman County, Georgia, who had purchased a farm horse during Brig. Gen. John B. Gordon’s march from York to Wrightsville during the Gettysburg Campaign. He had … Continue reading

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Rebel doctor years later repaid York farmer for horse taken in Gettysburg Campaign

The Jacob Rudy farm is illustrated by the blue arrow in the above detail from an 1876 Atlas of York County. It was one of the few farms along the York-Gettysburg turnpike (now the Lincoln Highway, Route 462) in Hellam … Continue reading

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Rebels passed by Sultzbach’s Tannery en route to Wrightsville

On a cool Sunday afternoon, June 28, 1863, as rainclouds threatened, more than 2,000 well armed, veteran Confederate soldiers marched or rode past the sprawling Sultzbach tannery in Hellam Township in eastern York County, Pa. Consisting of 1,800 Georgia infantrymen, … Continue reading

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Church honors Civil War veterans in Highmount

Recently the Fairmount United Methodist Church in scenic Hellam Township, Pennsylvania, held a commemoration of its 160th anniversary, using the theme of the Civil War’s 150th anniversary. The commemoration included a period church service led by living historian Rene Kinard, … Continue reading

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The last Civil War veteran in Hellam Township, York County, Pa.

I recently attended the 160th anniversary celebration at Fairmount United Methodist Church on Furnace Road in Hellam Township. On display was the above old newspaper photograph of Milton K. Lehman, who is credited as being the last Civil War soldier … Continue reading

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Final photo of old Civil War gravestone by the Susquehanna?

Cannonball reader Eileen Musser lives along River Road in Hellam Township near the recently rededicated monument to a Confederate soldier once buried there after washing up on the riverbank back in late June 1863 during the Gettysburg Campaign. She took … Continue reading

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150 years ago this month in York County, Pa. – Pvt. Henry Shultz

Henry Shultz was a 17-year-old teenager in eastern York County, Pennsylvania, in September 1861. He worked as a hired hand on a farm east of the borough of York near the road to Wrightsville. Like so many other young men … Continue reading

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