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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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Confederates paroled Wrightsville Yankee prisoners in York

On Sunday evening, June 28, 1863, more than 2,000 Confederate infantry, cavalry, and artillery under Brigadier General John B. Gordon attacked a motley force of Union troops defending the mile-and-a-quarter-long covered bridge over the Susquehanna River crossing at Wrightsville, Pennsylvania. … Continue reading

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Great Caesar, didn’t we get a lot of horses

In early May 1901, a small group of former officers in the Confederate army were sitting in the Confederate records room of the War Department in Washington, D.C.  They included the famed “Gray Ghost of the Confederacy,” John Singleton Mosby, … 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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The Wooden Horse and the Golden Ticket: Part 2

In our previous post on the subject, we looked at 19-century historian George R. Prowell’s review of the so-called “wooden horse” in southern Pennsylvania, a secretive pro-Confederate organization that in other parts of the country was known as the Knights … Continue reading

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Civil War vets held ceremony on 50th anniversary of Rebel occupation of York

On Sunday morning, June 28, 1863, Confederate Brigadier General John Brown Gordon and more than 2,000 veteran Georgia infantrymen and Virginia cavalrymen and artillerymen marched eastward on the Gettysburg turnpike into York, Pennsylvania. York would be the largest Northern town … Continue reading

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Daring York youth snatched button from Jubal Early’s uniform coat

Confederate Major General Jubal Anderson Early, shown above in this image from the National Archives, was known as an irascible, easily irritated man who could easily fly off the handle at the slightest provocation. His prickly temper and profanity-laced tirades … Continue reading

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Sorting fact from legend – Robert E. Lee’s visit to Dover PA

Robert E. Lee walked the streets of Dover. The Pickets area along the Conewago Creek was named for Confederate General George Pickett, whose troops watered their horses there. John Brown Gordon held a prayer circle with the Andrew Menges family … Continue reading

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Shoes, boots, hats & shirts for the Rebels, and then more shoes!

On Sunday morning, June 28, 1863, more than 6,000 veteran Confederate infantrymen, accompanied by mounted cavalry and 16 pieces of artillery, marched into central York County. They set up camps in the borough at the old fairgrounds and at what … Continue reading

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New eyewitness account of the Confederate occupation of York, Pa.

During the Civil War, Southern newspapers often reprinted news from Northern papers or from those in the Border States. Such as the case on Friday, August 14, 1863, when editor of the The Daily Progress in Raleigh, North Carolina, repeated … Continue reading

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