Category Archives: Civil War

“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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The Mill Room was filled with Neighbors who discussed Anything and Everything

In a previous post, I noted that S. Morgan Smith Company begat four current York County Companies.  This post concludes a lengthy article appearing in the News-Comet of East Berlin, which was published over several weeks during January 1947.  Click … Continue reading

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Founding Year for S. Morgan Smith Company

In a previous post, I noted that S. Morgan Smith Company begat four current York County Companies and asked what year the company started.  I have seen or been told 1871, 1873, 1874, 1876 or 1877 as the year the … Continue reading

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A Small Correction creates a Census Lookup Take-Away

I wrote three posts about Cassandra (Small) Franklin last month concerning the 1916 plans for her country house that was to be nestled between prominent estates in the Grantley hills.  As shown in the illustration, six years prior, the 1910 … Continue reading

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Top 10 YorksPast Civil War Posts

In preparation for a talk in February, this post gathers together links to all YorksPast Civil War related posts.  Links to posts that did not make the top ten are included following this list of Top 10 YorksPast Civil War … Continue reading

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Letters in the Attic, by Cassandra Small; Letter of June 30th, 1863

I wrote three posts about Cassandra (Small) Franklin last month.  Those posts were the result of a reader in Massachusetts providing photographs of several 1916 blueprint drawings for Miss Cassandra Small’s residence in York, PA.  Earlier this month a reader … Continue reading

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