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Painter Horace Bonham was accused of disloyalty during the Civil War

Horace Bonham is a well-known name in 19th-century art circles. Born November 25, 1835, in York, PA, he studied abroad after the Civil War and became noted as a prolific painter of portraits, group or crowd scenes, and scenery before … Continue reading

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Army hospital administrator preferred York-made cast iron stoves

In the late spring of 1862, the United States Army established a 1,000-bed hospital on the grounds of what is now Penn Park on the south side of York, Pennsylvania. Over time, the hospital expanded to 1,600 beds and finally … Continue reading

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Hospital patient accused of thievery at York bar

During the first winter of Civil War (1861-82), the Union Army operated a training camp for the 6th New York Cavalry on Penn Commons (now Penn Park) on the south side of York, Pennsylvania. Colonel Thomas Devin, later to lead … Continue reading

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Confederates camped around York before the battle of Gettysburg

In giving frequent talks and presentations on Civil War topics related to York County, one of the most frequent questions I receive is the location of the various Confederate campsites in and around the city of York. Sometimes, the person … Continue reading

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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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