Category Archives: Civil War

YorksPast begins Third Year; Readers Choose Top 10 Posts during July 2014

YorksPast started with a post on July 26, 2012.  A few days ago, on July 26, 2014, I began the third year of sharing a hodgepodge of explorations of York’s Past.  The posts totaled 472 during those first two years; … Continue reading

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A Retrospective of the Confederate Invasion of 1863

Why is the 151st anniversary commemorated far less than the 150th?  Sometime in the distant past, a 150th anniversary was considered a milestone; the 151st, not so much. After the age of 21, most birthday milestones are 30, 40, 50, … Continue reading

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Clock Trickery in Columbia; connection to Steam Into History in New Freedom

There is currently a neat exhibit that is part of any always-enjoyable tour through The National Watch and Clock Museum in Columbia.  “The Magic of Mystery Clocks” is a temporary exhibit; it opened in May and runs through December 2014. … Continue reading

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A Mermaid in the Susquehanna

Henry Loucks reports on five sightings opposite Dugan’s Run Dugan’s Run is in Hellam Township; it empties into the Susquehanna River a little over one-mile upriver from Accomac.  This same vicinity contains the Memorial Marker for the Confederate soldier that … Continue reading

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#20 Wells Whips Wear Well; Wellsville’s Wells Whip Company

“Wells Whips Wear Well” was the tongue-twister marketing slogan of the Wells Whip Company of Wellsville.  The circa 1905 photo of the Wells Whip Company Factory is from 1892-1992 Wellsville … Remembrances for Tomorrow, by Joan S. Clippinger. As noted … Continue reading

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“In God We Trust” on coins has a Pennsylvania Connection

I purchased two old coins for use as chapter illustrations in my historical novel.  The 1¢ coin was utilized as a Chapter 2 header in 2012. The plan was to use the 2¢ coin last year, when novel posts coincided … Continue reading

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Nathaniel Seitz; from Glen Rock ITEM Editor to Stock Car Inventor

I’m putting together slides for a talk; Rail Events in the 1800’s for the Glen Rock Historic Preservation Society on April 22nd, 2014.  One slide used in a prior talk on 19th Century Railway Car Builders of York contained the … Continue reading

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RAILCAR GOLD Chapter 14 . . Centennial . . Part 2

RAILCAR GOLD is a historically accurate multi-generational fictional tale of hidden treasure, primarily set in York County, Pennsylvania during the latter half of the Nineteenth Century.  This is Part 2 of Chapter 14 . . . Centennial.  A new part … Continue reading

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Historic Pennsylvania German Farmhouse along Whiteford Road

Twenty-five years ago Historic York evaluated this property at 2901 Whiteford Road in Springettsbury Township.  The findings were recorded (Survey Code 133-55-1K-KJ) prior to conversion of the building into a bank.  The building was classified as a brick Pennsylvania German … Continue reading

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Camp Security & the Witness Tree

Witness Trees at Gettysburg are recognized as living sentinels that witnessed the Battle in July of 1863 or witnessed Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address during November of 1863.  Witness Trees at Valley Forge are recognized for witnessing the Continental Army encampment during … Continue reading

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