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Anti-Lincoln sentiment swept 1863 local elections in York County

Abraham Lincoln, though widely beloved and admired today, was controversial, to say the least, during his time in office as president of the United States during the American Civil War. Many Democrats strongly opposed his prosecution of the war; some … Continue reading

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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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Living historians honor York’s 87th Pennsylvania: Part 2

Recently, I began a brief series of posts with interviews with some of the Civil War reenactment community here in York County, Pennsylvania. More than 5,000 soldiers from this county served in the Civil War. Perhaps the most famous regiment … Continue reading

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87th Pennsylvania Living Historians Release 2017 Schedule of Events

The 87th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry is looking for a few good men (and women!) to join their ranks. They are accepting new members to portray infantrymen, civilians, sutlers, doctors, and other historical impressions. The original regiment was raised in September … Continue reading

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York County’s Civil War questions: Part 1

During my book signings and lectures on York County’s Civil War history, I am frequently asked questions about various topics. Most of them are straight forward and I have a ready answer; a few are trickier to answer without researching … Continue reading

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New book traces a York County family’s and friends’ letters to a Civil War soldier

York County historian and author Ronald L. Hershner has for many years been a prominent supporter of this region’s history, having served on various boards and committees and well as actively promoting history and encouraging others to do the same. … Continue reading

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Dillsburg’s postmaster chronicles the Rebel invasion

Early 20th century view of downtown Dillsburg, Pennsylvania, looking up Baltimore Street, the town’s main street. A. N. Eslinger’s post office and store were on the east side of the street in the middle of the block as one walked … Continue reading

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More on the P.A. & S. Small flour mills

The aerial photograph of the modern York Flour Mills, Inc. is courtesy of Microsoft Virtual Earth, and shows the location of one of the old P.A. & S. Small mills nestled between the railroad and the Codorus Creek. In 1863, … Continue reading

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Rebels ride by Detters Mill in Dover Township

A view taken December 28 of the historic Detters Mill in northwestern Dover Township in York County, Pennsylvania. A lengthy column of Confederate soldiers passed by this mill, watering their horses in the nearby Conewago Creek. The old mill has … Continue reading

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Tecumseh!

Last night, I had a chance to watch the outdoor drama, Tecumseh!, here in Chillicothe, Ohio, where I am on a temporary work assignment. The play was written by seven-time Pulitzer Prize nominee Allen W. Eckert, its music was performed … Continue reading

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