Category Archives: Civil War

Timeline for Lincoln Funeral Train

The Northern Central Railway’s Special Schedule, for the Friday April 21, 1865, Lincoln Funeral Train from Baltimore to Harrisburg, lists schedule times for the Pilot Engine; with a footnote indicating the Funeral Train will follow 10-minutes after the Pilot Engine. … Continue reading

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Lincoln’s Engineer: Baltimore Bottleneck

Gardner Cobb was the Engineer who ran the Northern Central locomotive on the train taking the Abraham Lincoln party from Harrisburg, PA, to Baltimore in the next to last leg of the grand Lincoln First Inaugural rail route from Springfield, Illinois … Continue reading

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Lincoln’s Engineer: Gardner Cobb

An obituary of Gardner Cobb appeared in The New York Times on April 7, 1908. The obituary was concise, while emphasizing a connection to Abraham Lincoln. Gardner Cobb, one of the oldest railroad engineers in the country, died in Shamokin, … Continue reading

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Lincoln Funeral Train

Classics from YorksPast; Prelude to posts on Lincoln’s Engineer After posting Why is the Steam Into History locomotive named York #17 ?  three months ago, I’ve had a few queries from readers with questions like: Is this really the type of … Continue reading

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#4 P. H. Glatfelter Paper Mill in Spring Grove; Over 150 Years of Paper Making

In 1852, Jacob G. Hauer established the Spring Forge Paper Mill within a former iron forge; it was the first paper mill in what is now Spring Grove. After Jacob died in 1855, his widow Susan hired operators to keep … Continue reading

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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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