Category Archives: Civil War

Thaddeus Stevens in York

History is full or “what ifs.” We can only speculate on how a different path could have affected outcomes of important events in our history. We might be familiar with the life of Thaddeus Stevens and his role in Congress … Continue reading

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Nursing education pioneer remembered for her kindness and her interest in the Civil War

Several people responded to my post of myYork Sunday News column on Dr. Florence Gipe , a York County native who was a leader in modern nursing education. June Snyder shared that upon graduating from Eastern York High School in … Continue reading

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Where is Mulberry in York County, how did it get its name and what happened there?

In my last post, I shared the April 13, 1904 news from Mulberry. The name refers to the area around the Conewago Creek and Red Run Church, which is on the Davidsburg Road in Washington Township. Here is the history … Continue reading

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York County Heritage Trust hosting rare Lincoln signed print of the Emancipation Proclamation

President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863. There are many websites that discuss the proclamation, looking at why it was important and what it did and did not do. The National Archives and Records Administration in … Continue reading

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Partisan politics and the Gettysburg Address

In my last month’s York Sunday News column, I compared the brief coverage of the dedication of the Gettysburg National Cemetery in the staunchly Democratic York Gazette with that of the Republican Hanover Spectator. The Gazette gave one sentence to … Continue reading

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York County newspapers have different views of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address

If you think news coverage is slanted and Democrats and Republicans are at odds today, you should have been around during the Civil War. My recent York Sunday News column below compares the coverage given the speakers at the November … Continue reading

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2013 Journal of York County Heritage looks at York County in the Civil War

What can we learn about our shared history in the recently published 2013 Journal of York County Heritage? The theme of the journal this year was driven by the 150th anniversary commemoration of the Civil War. Here is a rundown … Continue reading

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Photographers prospered in York during the Civil War

I have written about early York County photographers, such as Glenalvin Goodridge, J. Thomas Williams and William Wagner, who was probably the pioneer of native York photographers. Another well-known 19th century York studio was run by Evans and Prince. The … Continue reading

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Confederate occupation of York–the aftermath

The countryside and the streets of York, Hanover, Wrightsville, Dover and other towns that witnessed the 1863 invasion were quiet once again. It was time to count up the losses of the farmers and merchants and access the damage. As … Continue reading

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Confederate demands on York–food, clothing and money

This the second of a three part series of posts chronicling the June 30, 1863 York Gazette coverage of the occupation of York by Confederate troops 150 years ago. General Early was very specific about what he expected for sparing … Continue reading

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