Tag Archives: John B. Gordon

What became of York’s flag taken by the Rebels in June 1863?

After Gordon’s Rebels hauled down the flag from Centre Square, its whereabouts quickly became uncertain to the residents of York. Rumors and tales abounded, including a story that General Gordon tied it to his horse’s tail and dragged it in … Continue reading

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One of Gordon’s men discusses the Rebels saving Wrightsville, Pa. from burning

The Columbia Bridge burns on the night of Sunday, June 28, 1863, in this photograph of a painting at the Columbia Historical Society in Columbia, Pennsylvania. Union troops retreating from Wrightsville (foreground) marched across the bridge into Lancaster County (background) … Continue reading

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Historic Wrightsville, Pa., Museum features Civil War displays

The historic town of Wrightsville, Pennsylvania, is nestled along the banks of the mile-wide Susquehanna River in eastern York County. Today it has about 2,300 residents, roughly double its size during the American Civil War. Some accounts suggest that this … Continue reading

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150 years ago today in York County, Pa.: June 28, 1863: “The dogs of war” arrive

Sunday, June 28, 1863, proved to be one of the most traumatic days in the history of York, Pa. For on that cloudy, overcast day, more than 6,000 enemy soldiers passed through or occupied the town and its environs. Four … Continue reading

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Stony Brook woman described Rebel interaction with local residents

Stony Brook is a small neighborhood east of York, Pennsylvania, near the intersection of the old railroad from York to Wrightsville and today’s State Route 462 (at the time of the Civil War the York-Wrightsville Turnpike).  On Sunday afternoon, June … Continue reading

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Road trip! Atlanta’s Oakland Cemetery: Part 2

The name John Brown Gordon will forever be linked here in York County, Pennsylvania, with the Gettysburg Campaign during the Civil War. Confederate Brigadier General Gordon led a brigade of nearly 2,000 Georgia infantrymen into York in mid-morning, Sunday, June … Continue reading

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1930 Wrightsville photo shows old battlefield from the Gettysburg Campaign

Recently fellow blogger Jim McClure of the York Daily Record posted a photo taken in 1930 of the newly dedicated Lincoln Highway bridge linking Wrightsville, Pa., (foreground) with Columbia (top, across the Susquehanna River). I have grayed out the 1930 … Continue reading

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Rebels used Hellam Heights to flank the Yankees and approach the Susquehanna River at Wrightsville

Hellam Heights (foreground) is a long, narrow rise just north and northwest of Wrightsville, Pennsylvania, and between today’s U.S. 30 and Pennsylvania 462 (the Lincoln Highway). Farmland for many generations, the heights provided a convenient way for Confederate Brig. Gen. … Continue reading

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Eyewitness recounts York’s “surrender” meeting with Gen. Gordon at Farmers, Pa.

This historic old house off Locust Lane in Farmers, Pa., is where Confederate Brig. Gen. John B. Gordon met with a delegation of civic leaders from York on Saturday night, June 27, 1863. Their topic? Discuss the specific terms by … Continue reading

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