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York soldier deserted after being reported as killed in railroad accident

Railroad travel in the 19th century at times could be risky at times. Poor track conditions such as broken or loose rails could cause a train to derail. Excessive speed, poor weather conditions, two trains on the same track headed … Continue reading

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Civil War Railroads Talk to be Given at Harrisburg CWRT Oct. 26

For our Friday October 26th meeting, the Harrisburg Civil War Round Table is proud to have Dr. John E. Clark Jr. speaking to us on his book, “Railroads in the Civil War: the Impact of Management on Victory and Defeat“. … Continue reading

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Rebels destroyed Federal ironclad railcar at York

The Northern Central Railway suffered significant damage during the June 1863 Confederate raid into York County, Pennsylvania. The NCRW ran from Baltimore northward to York and Harrisburg, with connecting lines stretching well into upstate New York. Typical cargoes included coal, … Continue reading

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Hanover merchant lost record books after sending them to “safety” before Rebels came in 1863

The above notice appeared in the October 1, 1864, edition of the Columbia Spy. It had been more than a year since the Confederate invasion of York County, Pennsylvania, during the Gettysburg Campaign, and Hanover merchant Henry M. Schmuck still … Continue reading

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Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum: “The War Came by Train” – Part 3

Here is the third and final installment of the series of Cannonball blog posts on the special exhibit “The War Came by Train” currently being shown at the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum in downtown Baltimore, Maryland. My grandfather Harry … Continue reading

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Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum: “The War Came by Train” – Part 2

Here is Part 2 of a series of photographs taken by Scott Mingus in September2011 in Baltimore, Maryland, at the B&O Railroad Museum. This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, a conflict which saw the first mass … Continue reading

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Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum: “The War Came by Train” – Part 1

Each year for my birthday each of my three kids spends time with me, with outings to Strasburg to ride the steam train, major league baseball games, Harpers Ferry, The Naval Museum in Washington, etc. Here are some photos from … Continue reading

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