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Resident recalled Rebel invasion of York 75 years later

It was July 4, 1938, Independence Day in America. In Gettysburg, the 75th anniversary commemoration of the battle of Gettysburg was still in full swing. Some 30 miles to the east, aged York resident William Wiest sat down with his … 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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The Wooden Horse and the Golden Ticket: Part 3

In our first two posts on the subject, we looked at 19th century historian George R. Prowell’s postwar overview of the “wooden horse,” pro-Confederate sentiment among south-central Pennsylvanians that led them to flock to join the secretive Knights of the … 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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The Wooden Horse and the Golden Ticket: Part 1

As the Confederate soldiers marched or rode through York County during the invasion of June 1863, many of them were astounded at seeing multiple farmers along their route making strange hand gestures. At times, these Pennsylvanians also cried out, “Peace! … Continue reading

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Knights of the Golden Circle made post-war “appearance”

During the 1863 Gettysburg Campaign dozens of Confederate soldiers, including generals Jubal Early and J.E.B. Stuart, reported encountering Pennsylvania farmers who frantically made strange hand gestures, often while waving yellow pieces of printed paper and/or exclaiming certain words. It did … Continue reading

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The Knights of the Golden Circle

The Knights of the Golden Circle was a secret organization during the Civil War years that was sympathetic to the Confederate cause. Members were supposedly involved in plots to invade Mexico for the South, as well as to incite unrest … Continue reading

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