Gravesites of black Civil War veterans to be documented: ‘This is an important first step’

Linked in/Neat stuff: Wallace-Cross Mill/Murphy & Dittenhafer architects
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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will create a comprehensive list of black Civil War veteran gravesites, per a recent request from Pennsylvania’s senator Bob Casey. That would include Gettysburg’s Lincoln Cemetery, formerly Goodwill Cemetery. A Hanover Evening Sun story says the cemetery was founded by the Sons of Good Will Society, well-known black men who lived in Gettysburg. The story said about 200,000 black fighting men were listed in Civil War units, and about 20 percent of those died in uniform. ‘This is an important first step to ensure that we do not lose track of these historic sites, and it is the least we should do to honor these heroes,’ Casey wrote. Here, the plaque on this tree stump describes Lincoln Cemetery. Veterans of United States Colored Troops are buried in several cemeteries in York County, including Lebanon Cemetery in North York. Also of interest: York County’s connection in documenting Lincoln Cemetery.

Other important things from all over … .

Hogg made things: For years, signs bearing Hogg Construction’s name have greeted motorists in the region. The founder of that company, Harold Hogg,  passed away recently. His firm constructed the Northgate Shopping Center at Route 30 and North George Street and Crispus Attucks Community Center.

Wallace-Cross Mill open house Sunday June 15, 2014  Paul Kuehnel - Daily Record/Sunday News
The YDR’s Paul Kuehnel captured several images at a Wallace-Cross Mill open house over the weekend. Check out these scenes from one of York County’s most beautiful locations. 

Significant architects: Murphy & Dittenhafer, a York-based design firm, is involved in architecturally significant project. Check out the interesting stuff, particularly photographs, on the firm’s website about some of those projects.
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Cliff Satterthwaite emailed this 1964 scene from York, Pa. He can’t locate it, but commented: ‘Hope some elders can remember.’ Any elders out there who can? Please comment below.

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3 Responses to Gravesites of black Civil War veterans to be documented: ‘This is an important first step’

  1. Jim … The Cliff Satterthwaite sketch looks like a curb-side News Stand that was located in a narrow space between two houses in the approximate area of Groves Sporting Goods; i.e. 700 block of East Market Street and on the north side of the street. I remember coming home from Sunday School or Church in the late 50s/early 60s, Dad would always pull into the curb-side line of cars; once he got to the New Stand, he’d hand them the money and they’d hand him the Sunday News, without having to get out of the car.

  2. bill landes says:

    Ya know Carl Cassel had a stand like this on South George St the same time. Get Baltimore Papers, Morning Telegraphs, and all the good stuff there as well as the Gazette, Dispatch, sodas and candy bars—-curb service.

  3. Carol Posinski says:

    It is a GOOD thing that the gravesites will be recorded…I HOPE that the
    final resting place of ALL Civil War Veterans…(including Confederate) both KNOWN & UNKNOWN sites will be listed. They ALL fought & died for causes that they believed in, and should be so honored/recognized.

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