Tag Archives: Revolutionary War

The Hessians of Lewis Miller

You might be familiar with two books featuring drawings of Lewis Miller published by The Historical Society of York County/York County Heritage Trust/York County History Center over the years. Lewis Miller, Sketches and Chronicles: The Reflections of a Nineteenth Century … Continue reading

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Why the Mifflin-Wright house, Hybla, must be saved

As stories fly about the possible planned destruction of Hybla, the Mifflin-Wright house near Wrightsville, more concern has surfaced about this important York County historical site. Hybla has just been named one of the 11 most endangered properties in Pennsylvania … Continue reading

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James Smith, York County’s Signer of the Declaration of Independence

In honor of those brave patriots who put their life on the line signing the Declaration of Independence, my previous York Sunday News column on “our signer,” James Smith, is repeated below: Who Was James Smith? You might know that … Continue reading

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Camp Security appears in new popular mystery

Award winning author Rita Mae Brown has incorporated Camp Security into the latest volume of her best-selling Mrs. Murphy mystery series. Tail Gait is available in hard cover, as an eBook and as a downloadable audiobook. The mystery is set … Continue reading

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Prehistoric and other finds at Camp Security

In my last post, I shared some of the artifacts found at the 2015 Camp Security dig that could be from the 1781-1783 period, the years that the Revolutionary War prisoner of war camp was in operation. Here are some … Continue reading

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Escape from Camp Security

How easy was it to escape from Camp Security near York? It doesn’t seem to have been very difficult. Many of the first group of British Revolutionary War prisoners confined there, the so-called Convention Troops surrendered by Burgoyne at Saratoga … Continue reading

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Call put out for information on previous Camp Security finds

I stopped by the site of the Camp Security archaeology dig yesterday and took a few photos. There have been some small Revolutionary War period artifacts found so far: brass and tombac buttons, a lead musket ball, a British copper … Continue reading

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Guards at Camp Security 5: Adam Black Part 2

Among the 56 pages in the Adam Black Revolutionary War pension file at the National Archives, two affidavits jumped out at me. While attesting that Captain Black’s company served two tours of guard duty at Camp Security, Nicholas James says … Continue reading

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Guards at Camp Security 4: Adam Black Part 1

Revolutionary War Captain Adam Black was a native of the part of York County that is now Adams County. He died there in 1816, and his wife Sarah, who had been receiving a widow’s pension, died in 1842. Six of … Continue reading

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Sergeant Lamb at Camp Security–Part Four

The drawing above is the fourth in a series of four color drawings attributed to Sergeant Roger Lamb of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers (23rd Regiment of Foot). He was captured with the army of Lord Cornwallis at Yorktown, Virginia in … Continue reading

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