Tag Archives: Spies

More stories from the Confederate invasion of York County

As many as 11,000 Confederate soldiers marched or rode through scenic York County, Pennsylvania, during the days preceding the battle of Gettysburg. They came in three distinct waves (and from different directions), starting with a small-scale incursion on June 27 … Continue reading

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New book: Courageous Women of the Civil War

M. R. Cordell is among those modern writers who have recently issued books aimed at the teenage/young adult reader.  She holds a master’s degree in writing from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota and has numerous previous magazine articles to … Continue reading

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Spy story! Two Rebel scouts supposedly cross the Columbia-Wrightsville Bridge

The February 14, 1930, issue of the Altoona (Pa.) Tribune contains a story I had not previously read concerning the burning of the Columbia-Wrightsville Bridge during the Civil War’s Gettysburg Campaign. Townspeople, under the direction of Pennsylvania state militia officers … Continue reading

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Road Trip: The Southern Museum of Locomotive and Civil War History

In affiliation with the Smithsonian Institution, the Southern Museum of Civil War  and Locomotive History, according to the organization’s website, is “home to the General locomotive, stolen during the Civil War’s Great Locomotive Chase; a reproduction of the locomotive assembly … Continue reading

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Spy Stories

Savas Beatie LLC has just published Tom Ryan’s excellent new book on Spies, Scouts, and Secrets in the Gettysburg Campaign: How the Critical Role of Intelligence Impacted the Outcome of Lee’s Invasion of the North. June-July 1865. It is a … Continue reading

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Double agent claimed Southern spy brought recruits to join Rebels at Hanover Junction

Hanover Junction, Pennsylvania, is a popular destination for hikers and bikers using the Heritage Rail Trail. The old depot (left) has been restored to its Civil War appearance and houses a small museum. To the right is the old wartime … Continue reading

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Southern Lady, Union Spy Elizabeth Van Lew to appear at York CWRT meeting

The York Civil War Round Table will feature living historian Suzanne Doucette portraying in first person “Elizabeth Van Lew, Civil War spy” at its monthly meeting on Wednesday, January 18, 2012. Elizabeth Van Lew was a well-born resident of Richmond, … Continue reading

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