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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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87th PA officer escaped from prison after being captured at 2nd Winchester: Part 2

Today, we pick up the fascinating, almost movie-like story of Lt. Harry Welsh of the 87th Pennsylvania Infantry. Welsh, a resident of York County, had enlisted at the age of 20 in September 1861. Two years later, the young officer … Continue reading

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87th PA officer escaped from prison after being captured at 2nd Winchester: Part 1

William Henry Harrison “Harry” Welsh, according to longtime York-area researcher and historian Dennis W. Brandt, was a Hanover native who spent much of his boyhood hanging around Henry Snyder’s blacksmith shop, which was in a building owned by Harry’s father. … Continue reading

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Lancaster native survived the sinking of the Sultana

  The sinking of the privately-owned riverboat Sultana near the end of the Civil War on April 27, 1865, remains the single largest loss of life in U.S. maritime history. More than 1,700 people, many of them recently released prisoners … Continue reading

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Escape! Rebel POW slips across rural York County into Maryland: Part 4

Confederate Captain R. D. Chapman, a prisoner of war being transported from Ohio to Maryland, leaped from a train just south of York, Pa. and escaped into the night. He planned to travel southwesterly to Emmitsburg, Md., but unknowingly he … Continue reading

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Escape! Rebel POW slips across rural York County into Maryland: Part 3

Confederate Captain Robert D. Chapman was a determined young man. Taken prisoner at Cumberland Gap when his regiment surrendered to General Burnside’s Yankees, the young Georgian managed to escape only to be captured by the Sizemore gang of thieving mountain … Continue reading

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Escape! Rebel POW slips across rural York County into Maryland: Part 2

Part 1 of this brief series introduced Confederate Captain Robert D. Chapman, a daredevil who was not contented with the prospects of passive captivity as a prisoner of war. He escaped from the Union army at Cumberland Gap, ran off … Continue reading

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Escape! Rebel POW slips across rural York County into Maryland: Part 1

At the start of the Civil War in 1861, a 21-year-old Georgia man named Robert D. Chapman was swept up in the patriotic fervor. With several friends, he enlisted in the 112-man “Miller County Wild Cats,” which soon became Company … Continue reading

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Civil War prisoners of war in York County, Pa.

Recently fellow blogger Jim McClure and I were chatting about prisoner of war camps here in York County, Pa. Many locals are aware of the two dedicated sites, Camp Security for British prisoners in the American Revolution and a WWII … Continue reading

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