Category Archives: Confederate invasion

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

Posted in 1860s, 2010s, African Americans, Civil War, Confederate invasion, exhibits, publications, Universal York, York County | Tagged , , , , , | Comments Off on 2013 Journal of York County Heritage looks at York County in the Civil War

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

Posted in 1860s, Civil War, Confederate invasion, Hanover, hospitals, Universal York, Wrightsville, York, York County | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

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

Posted in 1860s, Civil War, Confederate invasion, newspapers, retail stores, Universal York, Wrightsville, York County | Tagged , , , , , | Comments Off on Confederate demands on York–food, clothing and money

Confederate invasion of York County no longer a rumor.

They really had come. York was occupied by thousands of Confederate troops. When the columns of soldiers marched into town that Sunday morning, the 28th of June, it was finally realized by all that the warnings and alarms were real … Continue reading

Posted in 1860s, Civil War, Confederate invasion, military units, Universal York, York County | Tagged , , , , , | Comments Off on Confederate invasion of York County no longer a rumor.

A strong appeal to enlist and defend York County–June 1863

The January 23, 1863 weekly York Gazette carried an eloquent plea for immediate enlistment to defend the area from the invading Confederate army. The writer simply signed himself “YORK.” It is transcribed below in its entirety, along with the author’s … Continue reading

Posted in 1860s, Civil War, Confederate invasion, soldiers, Uncategorized, Universal York, York County | Tagged , , | Comments Off on A strong appeal to enlist and defend York County–June 1863

York citizens make plans for defense against Confederate invasion

York town fathers are getting the picture–the Rebels are coming–soon. So it is time to make some plans, as reported below in the June 23, 1863 issue of the weekly York Gazette: TOWN MEETING–Pursuant to call, a Town Meeting assembled … Continue reading

Posted in 1860s, Civil War, Confederate invasion, newspapers, soldiers, Universal York, York City, York County | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

“Excitement in York” June 1863

The editors of the June 23, 1863 issue of the weekly York Gazette realized that they might soon have some southern visitors very soon. This time they wrote their own article, instead of reprinting one from another newspaper in the … Continue reading

Posted in 1860s, Civil War, Confederate invasion, Franklin County, Gettysburg, soldiers, Universal York, York County | Tagged , , | Comments Off on “Excitement in York” June 1863

You can be a part of the Confederate Invasion of York on Thursday June 27

Tomorrow I will resume my series, based on June 1863 issues of the York Gazette, on the impending crisis as the Confederate Army came closer and closer to York County. In the meantime, mark your calendar for the event above. … Continue reading

Posted in 1860s, Civil War, Confederate invasion, museums, Universal York, York County | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off on You can be a part of the Confederate Invasion of York on Thursday June 27

June 1863 news from the York Gazette

War news was summarized as usual in the June 9, 1863 weekly issue of the York Gazette. Reports came in from Vicksburg; Franklin, Tenn. and the lower Mississippi. Little did they know that in less than three weeks war news … Continue reading

Posted in 1860s, Army, Civil War, Confederate invasion, money, newspapers, soldiers, Universal York, York County | Tagged , | Comments Off on June 1863 news from the York Gazette

General William B. Franklin of York for Governor

That first week of June 150 years ago, York County was getting closer to being invaded by a hostile military force. Most of the news items in the June 2, 1863 weekly York Gazette, a Democratic newspaper, were already Civil … Continue reading

Posted in 1860s, Army, Civil War, Confederate invasion, elections, newspapers, soldiers, Universal York, York County | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on General William B. Franklin of York for Governor