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Got maps? Phil Laino does!

Phil Laino’s Gettysburg Campaign Atlas has long been considered as one of the finest and most detailed sets of maps on the Gettysburg Campaign. There are several other books that offer maps on the campaign, some of which are in … Continue reading

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Men of the 87th PA defended Bunker Hill churches

Concurrent with the opening of the Second Battle of Winchester, Confederate Brig. Gen. Albert G. Jenkins led his Virginia cavalry and mounted infantry on Saturday, June 13, 1863, toward the small Union garrison protecting the Opequon River crossing on the … 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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Glen Rock veteran served in the 87th Pennsylvania; captured at 2nd Winchester

John Hufnagel of the Glen Rock Historic Preservation Society graciously sent me the above newspaper clipping from the York Gazette of January 24, 1930, about a local veteran who had recently died. With the recent focus on the 87th Pennsylvania … Continue reading

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87th Pennsylvania at Second Winchester is topic of York CWRT meeting on June 15

Two soldiers of the 87th Pennsylvania posed for a photographer in York, Pennsylvania, early in the Civil War (Joseph Shane collection). The 87th Pennsylvania was primarily raised in York and Adams counties in the fall of 1861 and assigned to … Continue reading

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Newly released book includes accounts of the local 87th Pennsylvania Infantry at Second Winchester

The 87th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry was primarily raised in York, Pennsylvania, with a few companies originating in neighboring Adams County. Many of its soldiers were farmers, mechanics, laborers, clerks, and other local patriotic men (and a few boys) who … Continue reading

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Second Battle of Winchester book sent to the publisher!

Eric J. Wittenberg and I have submitted our new manuscript for the Second Battle of Winchester to our publisher, Savas Beatie LLC. This new book is well ahead of schedule. Eric and I dreamed of it a couple of years … Continue reading

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150 years ago today: June 16, 1863: The bulk of the 87th PA seeks safety

Tourists stroll through the restored Harpers Ferry National Park. Back in June 1863, Harpers (then primarily spelled as Harper’s) Ferry offered a place of temporary refuge for thousands of refugees from Maj. Gen. Robert H. Milroy’s division of the Union … Continue reading

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150 years ago today: June 15, 1863: Disaster at Carter’s Woods

June 15, 1863, was perhaps the longest day for the 87th Pennsylvania in the entire Civil War, perhaps only rivaled by the brutal losses at Monocacy a little more than a year later.  Union Maj. Gen. Robert H. Milroy had … Continue reading

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