Category Archives: Civil War

More on Ned Spangler’s life as a prisoner after the Lincoln Conspiracy trial

Edman “Ned” Spangler wrote letters to friends and relatives describing his experiences while a prisoner from 1865 to 1869 at Fort Jefferson in the Dry Tortugas. Spangler was sent there after being found guilty of helping John Wilkes Booth escape … Continue reading

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Ned Spangler at Fort Jefferson, Dry Tortugas, Part 2

Here is the second part of the letter published in October 25, 1865 in the Aledo [Ill.] Weekly Record, about three months after Edman (Ned) Spangler began serving his sentence of six years at Fort Jefferson on the Dry Tortugas. … Continue reading

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Ned Spangler didn’t find Fort Jefferson a nice place to visit

Native Yorker Edman (Ned) Spangler was among the eight defendants tried for conspiracy in the assassination of President Lincoln. He was the only one of the eight found not guilty of conspiracy. The 1865 military commission presiding at the trial … Continue reading

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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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