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Hanover “Emergency Men” Sought State Pensions as Veterans

As tens of thousands of Confederates threatened to invade southern Pennsylvania in mid-June 1863, Republican Governor Andrew G. Gregg, a staunch ally of President Lincoln, issued a proclamation seeking volunteers to join several proposed regiments of Pennsylvania Volunteer Militia for … Continue reading

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Hanover woman reportedly married wounded soldier she nursed to health

The York Daily on December 2, 1887, reprinted a story from the Hanover Spectator about an unnamed Hanover woman who had nursed a badly wounded soldier, shot at the battle of Gettysburg, back to health and then married him. Such … Continue reading

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Civil War vets reconnect after 48 years in York County

Following the American Civil War, veterans from both the North and South often assembled with their comrades to renew their acquaintances, relive old war stories, and to remember those who had given their last full measure of devotion. Some men … 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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Homemade bread, preserves, hot coffee & gunpowder!

The year was 1938. In Gettysburg, thousands of aged Civil War veterans gathered together one final time to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg. Many York Countians, some still living, traveled to view the massive encampment and … 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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Johnny Sisson: 15-year-old runaway turned combat rifleman

Johnny Sisson, a small, wiry farmboy in Dover, Ohio, was a rather rambunctious, determined lad. He likely stood out among his peers in rural Tuscarawas County in the eastern part of the Buckeye State. Sisson was a native of England, … Continue reading

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The sergeant never forgot

The largest military battle ever fought in York County, Pennsylvania, occurred in Hanover on June 30, 1863, when Major General J.E.B. Stuart’s Confederate three cavalry brigades clashed for several hours with Union troopers under General Judson Kilpatrick.  The fighting at … Continue reading

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Mayor and Civil War vets barely escape injury in Dallastown memorial parade

After the Civil War, many veterans across the reunited nation strove to keep the memories of their fallen comrades, both blue and gray, alive for future generations. Veterans organizations such as the Grand Army of the Republic and its several … Continue reading

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Fine new regimental history of the 1st Delaware Volunteers

Delaware was somewhat of an anomaly in the Civil War. While slavery was legal, like other so-called “border states,” there was not as much pro-secession sentiment in the First State as in Missouri, Kentucky, or Maryland. Slavery still existed in … Continue reading

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