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The 87th Pennsylvania’s baptism of fire 155 years ago at Second Winchester

On Friday, June 12, 1863, elements of the 87th Pennsylvania Infantry, raised primarily in York County, engaged in a sharp firefight with Confederate Maryland cavalry under Maj. Harry Gilmor along today’s Route 11 south of Winchester, Virginia. This skirmish marked … Continue reading

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York CWRT presents “ A Civil War Captain and His Lady” on January 17, 2018

Press Release from Kathy Friel of the York (PA) Civil War Round Table: On January 17, 2018, please join the York Civil War Round Table as it kicks off its 21st campaign year, welcoming local author Gene Barr as the … Continue reading

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The list

Throughout the Civil War, in towns both large and small, North and South, people gathered in the town squares or near newspaper or telegraph offices to get the latest news from the front lines. Of particular interest were the reports … Continue reading

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Annual Reunion of the Officers of the 87th Pennsylvania – 1866 account

The 87th Pennsylvania remained arguably the best-known regiment raised in York County during the Civil War. Assigned to guard bridges in Maryland early in the war, the infantry regiment spent the winter and spring of 1863 on mundane garrison duty … Continue reading

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Savas Beatie publishes unique new Civil War title from Central PA author

Author Gene Barr’s New Book Tells Unique Story of One Young Couple’s Courtship During the Civil War’s Western Campaign EL DORADO HILLS, CA: July 12, 2016 – Savas Beatie recently announced the release of a new book by author Gene … 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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“At any cost”: Prominent officer from York recalled Cold Harbor: Part 3

On June 1, 1864, Lieutenant Colonel James A. Stahle, a West Manchester Township native, and the veterans of the 87th Pennsylvania had occupied a forward position well in advance of their Sixth Corps comrades after a successful charge, but they … Continue reading

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“At any cost”: Prominent officer from York recalled Cold Harbor: Part 2

In Part 1, we began looking at an article that former U.S. congressman and Civil War field officer James A. Stahle wrote for the local York Gazette newspaper in which he described the attack of his old regiment, the 87th … Continue reading

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“At any cost”: Prominent officer from York recalled Cold Harbor: Part 1

James A. Stahle was one of the more prominent Civil War officers from York County. Born in West Manchester Township, he attended York Academy (a forerunner of today’s York College of Pennsylvania). At the start of the Civil War, he … 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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