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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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York’s Underground Railroad Heroes: William Yocum

Old West gunslingers, marshals, sheriffs, and cowboys have always fascinated me. As a lad, I read as many books as I could on the topic. Names such as Bat Masterson, Wild “Bill” Hickok, Calamity Jane, Billy the Kid, and Jesse … 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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“Sham patriots, hypocrites, and vampires”

Politics has often been a bitter affair, dividing communities, families, churches, and businesses. So divisive, in fact, that in most American towns throughout the 19th and 20th centuries separate newspapers emerged to reflect the political and social views of owner-editors. … Continue reading

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Trainloads of vets passed through York en route to the Gettysburg battle 50th anniversary

In our last two Cannonball blog posts, we looked at the preparations in the city of York for the 50th anniversary of the Confederate invasion and the subsequent battle of Gettysburg. Scores of local Civil War veterans traveled to Gettysburg … Continue reading

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York commemorates 50th anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg: Part 2

In my last post, I shared an old 1913 newspaper account of the preparations in York, Pennsylvania, for the 50th anniversary of Jubal Early’s occupation of the borough and the subsequent battle of Gettysburg. Here is the follow-up article from … Continue reading

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Daring York youth snatched button from Jubal Early’s uniform coat

Confederate Major General Jubal Anderson Early, shown above in this image from the National Archives, was known as an irascible, easily irritated man who could easily fly off the handle at the slightest provocation. His prickly temper and profanity-laced tirades … Continue reading

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Old Rebel spun several tall tales on postwar visit to York

After the Civil War, many veterans became passionate in their efforts to remember their service and that of fallen comrades. Parades, statues, lectures, books, music, museums, etc. – the list went on and on. Several former soldiers revisited battlefields and … Continue reading

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Lutheran General Synod met in York in May 1864

The 21st convention of the General Synod of the Lutheran Church met in downtown York, Pennsylvania, for several days beginning on May 5, 1864. Concurrently, the Union Army of the Potomac was battling Robert E. Lee’s Confederate Army of Northern … Continue reading

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