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Sturdy iron safes survived devastating fires along Wrightsville’s riverfront

The Odd Fellows fraternities in York County, Pennsylvania, played a role in two incidents during the Civil War. In mid-July, 1863, thousands of wounded men from the battle of Gettysburg began to arrive at York’s 2,000-bed U. S. Army General … Continue reading

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Fire destroyed Wrightsville’s riverfront a year before the bridge burning repeated it

Many Cannonball readers are well aware of the June 28, 1863, destruction of the Columbia-Wrightsville covered bridge. The winds shifted and lumberyards and houses along the riverfront also caught on fire. Confederate soldiers formed a bucket brigade and passed water … Continue reading

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California poet/preacher toured York County’s Civil War sites in 1903

Since 1978, Debi and I have been members of the Church of the Nazarene, first in Painesville, Ohio, and for the past decade and a half in York, Pennsylvania. The holiness denomination traces its roots to John Wesley and the … Continue reading

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York County saw several small Civil War skirmishes

I recently posted a blog entry about a small engagement during the Gettysburg Campaign in Dover Township between Jeb Stuart’s rear guard and a Union reconnaissance patrol that was shadowing his movements through York County. That posting prompted an inquiry … Continue reading

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Confederates paroled Wrightsville Yankee prisoners in York

On Sunday evening, June 28, 1863, more than 2,000 Confederate infantry, cavalry, and artillery under Brigadier General John B. Gordon attacked a motley force of Union troops defending the mile-and-a-quarter-long covered bridge over the Susquehanna River crossing at Wrightsville, Pennsylvania. … Continue reading

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Yankees and Rebels both camped on Wrightsville farm

The last of June 1863 were momentous times for the citizens of Wrightsville, Pennsylvania. Situated on the western bank of the Susquehanna River, the town was the western terminus of what was then the world’s longest covered bridge. The Northern … Continue reading

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Save the Mifflin House: why we all should care.

A few months ago, I was among a small group of fellow history buffs who were invited on a personal tour of the historic Mifflin House, known to its Quaker founders as “Hybla,” just outside of Wrightsville, Pennsylvania. A generation … Continue reading

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Rebel invasion recalled 28 years later: Part 4 “The dainty morsel of pine”

Twenty-eight years after the Confederates invaded Pennsylvania in what became known as the Gettysburg Campaign, the York Daily newspaper ran a lengthy article on June 29, 1891, recalling key events in York County, including preparations in Wrightsville to defend the … Continue reading

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Rebel invasion recalled 28 years later: Part 3 Two courageous volunteers

Twenty-eight years after Confederate Major General Jubal Early led more than 6,600 Confederate infantry, cavalry, and artillerymen into York County, Pennsylvania, the York Daily newspaper republished a story in the Philadelphia Press that recounted many details of the invasion, with … Continue reading

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Rebel invasion recalled 28 years later: Part 2 The unwise country physician

On June 29, 1891, the York Daily newspaper republished an article that had appeared the previous day in the Philadelphia Press marking the 28th anniversary of the Confederate expedition to capture the long covered bridge between York and Lancaster counties. … Continue reading

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