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First York County WWI soldier dies in France

Walter L. Fitzgerald was the first York County WWI soldier to die on foreign soil, doing so on January 5, 1918. Private Fitzgerald is buried in the Oise-Aisne American Cemetery just east of Fere-en-Tardenois in France; within Plot C, Row … Continue reading

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Readers Choose Top 10 Posts during May 2016

Near the beginning of every month, I’m sharing with my readers the top 10 posts from the previous month. This single graphic, features illustrations from all top 10 posts; however giving greater space to the higher ranked posts. If you … Continue reading

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French Alliance of 1778 ratified May 4th in York, PA

The Treaty of Alliance with France, during the Revolutionary War, was both signed in France and ratified by the Continental Congress while York was the seat of government for the new nation. Without France’s significant military aid, provided by this … Continue reading

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German Submarine Mailed Letter at Newport then Sank 6 Ships

During the second year of WWI, a German submarine entered Narragansett Bay and dropped anchor in the harbor at Newport, Rhode Island; all within the shadow of the United States Naval War College and a host of U. S. Navy … Continue reading

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Earliest Jeeps Built 75-Years Ago for WWII

During an October visit to Pittsburgh’s Heinz History Center, I was enlightened with the latest research and identification of the earliest Jeeps. A few weeks after that visit, I attended a York County Heritage Trust symposium on General Jacob L. … Continue reading

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First Balloon Ascensions in America

Aeronaut James Mills—first to fly in York County This Library of Congress illustration is from the “Journal of my Forty-Fifth Ascension, being the First Performed in America, on the Ninth of January, 1793;” printed by Charles Cist in Philadelphia, 1793. … Continue reading

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Readers Choose Top 10 Posts during June 2015; Third Month with YorksPast Readership at a High Level

For the third month in a row YorksPast readership continued at a high level. Thanks to all my loyal readers. It was nice to meet several of my readers while touring the French frigate Hermione when it was docked in … Continue reading

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They Sailed with General Lafayette

Experience the Marquis de Lafayette sailing to America Sophie Radford de Meissner wrote sketches from the naval life of her father Rear Admiral William Radford, U.S.N. These sketches were published in her 1920 book “Old Naval Days.” The illustration of … Continue reading

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The Susquehanna becomes The Brandywine for Lafayette

Experience the Marquis de Lafayette sailing to America Sophie Radford de Meissner wrote sketches from the naval life of her father Rear Admiral William Radford, U.S.N. These sketches were published in her 1920 book “Old Naval Days.” The illustration of … Continue reading

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Saga of the Watch that Washington presented to Lafayette

Experience the Marquis de Lafayette sailing to America The siege of Yorktown, Virginia, reached a crescendo on Wednesday October 17th, 1781. The American and French Troops had been systematically closing in on the enemy, until, at last, the last two … Continue reading

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