Category Archives: Civil War

The Picket in Hanover’s Square: Surely, this is York County, Pa., at its best

Linked in/Neat stuff, below: York High legend dies/An original McDonald’s arch This equestrian statue, The Picket, is one of York County, Pa.’s finest memorials. It’s a commemoration of the major cavalry battle that took place on Hanover’s street – including … Continue reading

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Civil War 150 and more: Linking up with the anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination

On YorkTownSquare.com, we’ve been busy sharing pieces of York County, Pa., history linking up with the assassination of President Lincoln, the end of the Civil War and other big events from 150 years ago. (Check out these Civil War stories). Here’s one connecting with presidential trains in the Civil War era.

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Abraham Lincoln, Part II: How many times did the 16th President’s trains touch York County?

Abraham Lincoln’s funeral train stopped in York, Pa., on April 21, 1865. The train’s sad visit to York’s North Duke Street station came only a couple of miles from where his assassin, John Wilkes Booth, attended school a dozen years … Continue reading

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Abraham Lincoln: How many times did the 16th President’s trains touch York County? Part I

This handbill from Chief Burger David S. Tanger calls for attendance at a Hanover service to commemorate Abraham Lincoln in life and in death. Notice that it called for a procession to the church and the comments in small type: … Continue reading

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Nervous York County native Lawrence Gobright reported on Lincoln assassination

Lawrence Gobright, was a Hanover, Pa., native and a veteran Associated Press journalist. He career capstone was the terrible assignment of covering the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, five days after the Confederate surrender at Appomattox. ‘I carefully wrote my dispatch, … Continue reading

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Try these 8 fun photo quizzes to test your smarts about York/Adams, Pa.

Old places from one’s youth that are no more often evoke History Mystery comments on the York, Pa., Daily Record’s Facebook Page. This one not only brought some likes and comments, but also hundreds of folks, whether stumped or just wanting to read about this place, followed the goo.gl link to the story. Remember this place? F

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Digging York, Pa.’s old train station site from 10 different angles

A couple of diggers are starting archaeological work under the century-plus-year-old York, Pa., train station. This comes near the 150th anniversary of the stop of the Lincoln train at its predecessor station (drawing below of that station). York Daily Record/Sunday … Continue reading

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This old lock, a mill, a mansion and a ghost town. Only a bit more than 15 miles from York County

Linked in/Neat stuff: Exploring Hanover’s Square/Gettysburg’s famous cupola YorkTownSquare continues its exploration of Northern Maryland/Southeastern York County sites via the photography of Don McClure. Many York countians know about Susquehanna and Tidewater Canal locks snaking through their home county’s soil. … Continue reading

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Lincoln’s Thanksgiving call of 1864 gained cold reception in York, Pa.

This was the extent of the York Gazette’s Thanksgiving Day notice. The Democratic newspaper opposed Lincoln’s war policies and did not warm up to his Thanksgiving proclamation of 1863 and its renewal a year later. Also of interest: Thanksgiving Day application … Continue reading

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Gettysburg’s Charley Weaver Museum, aka Soldiers National Museum, items on sale

These figures are among the 1,000-plus items to be auctioned at the Soldiers National Museum in Gettysburg today and Saturday. They represent generals wounded in the Battle of Gettysburg. The Evening Sun in Hanover provided this piece of history from … Continue reading

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