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Army Hospital ramped up in the summer of 1862

The spring and summer of 1862 were the bloodiest (to that date) in the history of the now-divided United States. Heretofore obscure places such as Shiloh, Kernstown, Front Royal, Gaines Mill, Malvern Hill, Fair Oaks, and dozens more were now … Continue reading

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Former stewards recall U.S. Army Hospital at York PA

In the late spring/early summer of 1862, the U.S Army established a sprawling 2,000-bed General Hospital on Penn Common (now Penn Park) on the south side of York, Pennsylvania. On breezy high ground and only a few blocks from the … Continue reading

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Civil War vets honored the memory of beloved York nurse

Amelia M. Kurtz never married, living with her sister Catherine (Kate) until the latter’s death when Amelia inherited their home on North George Street near Clarke Alley and a modest amount of stock. She was never very wealthy, although she … Continue reading

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More Civil War relics found in York well after the war

In the years following the Civil War, at times residents of York County, Pennsylvania, found relics and artifacts in various places. That continued well into the 1960s when Mark Snell, later a well-known Civil War author and educator, found an … Continue reading

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Bids taken for beef cattle for the US government’s military use: Epilogue

York butcher John F. Erwin, who today might be known as a “whistle blower,” was frustrated that he had not received the government contract to supply beef cattle for the army’s local needs. He bitterly complained that the awardee, fellow … Continue reading

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Bids taken for beef cattle for the US government’s military use: Part 3

View of downtown York, Pa., as shown in this this antebellum chromolith image by the Baltimore firm of A. Hoen. The U.S. Government at the start of the Civil War had contracted with various individuals and private companies to provide … Continue reading

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Bids taken for beef cattle for the US government’s military use: Part 2

The U.S. government contracted throughout the Civil War with civilian individuals or private companies to provide beef cattle for army usage. Many of these cows ended up feeding the front-line combat troops, but a significant amount was designated for army … Continue reading

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Bids taken for beef cattle for the US government’s military use: Part 1

As the Civil War moved into its second year, the Federal government found itself with a shortage of beef cattle to feed the seemingly ever-expanding Union armies. Ads were taken out in various newspapers across the North to seek bids … Continue reading

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One of the Rebels buried in York PA likely identified

Five Confederate soldiers are buried in Prospect Hill Cemetery along N. George Street in York, Pennsylvania. According to local information, all were prisoners of war who were wounded in battle, taken to York for treatment, and then perished from their … Continue reading

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New York soldier described York’s Civil War hospital

From the summer of 1862 until the end of the Civil War, the Union army maintained a military hospital on Penn Common just south of what was then downtown York, Pa. Peaking at more than 2,000 patients at its fullest, … Continue reading

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