Tag Archives: President Abraham Lincoln

Dallastown Soldier buried in Gettysburg National Cemetery

The grave location of Dallastown native John Curtis Barshinger within Gettysburg National Cemetery is shown in this illustration.  John was a student of the Civil War; especially The Battle of Gettysburg.  When John Barshinger died while in the service of … Continue reading

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Readers Choose Top 10 Posts during April 2015; A Record Number of YorksPast Readers

The past month was record breaking in the number of YorksPast readers. I enjoyed seeing many of you at the many talks and events during April. It was a hectic month for me, however these numbers are a nice reward. … Continue reading

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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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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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“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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