Category Archives: Civil War

Bob Yost: ‘King of real estate in York County,’ Part II

It’s been in the news that Prudential Bob Yost Homesale Services will change its name to Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, Homesale Realty. This shows Bob Yost’s real estate office in the late 1960s in York, Pa.

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York County must not forget Wrightsville’s slain fighting man, revisited

When the Confederates approached the Wrightsville and its Susquehanna River Bridge in late-June 1863, a thin line of Union defenders awaited them. The rebel assault commenced, leaving one man – a black fighting man – dead in the trench he had just dug. He was the only known mortality in the Battle of Wrightsville. He’ll probably remain unknown, but he doesn’t have to be unrecognized. The York, Pa., Daily Record/Sunday News continued its opinion page series supporting a movement to permanently honor this hero.

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Want a wax figure from the Civil War? Paraffin soldiers to be auctioned off in Gettysburg

This is pretty darn interesting. The Gettysburg Heritage Center, still known to many as the American Civil War Wax Museum, is doing some remodeling so some older exhibits will be auctioned. That includes many wax figures. Those lifelike artifacts would give you pause if you ran across one in somebody’s dark basement. ‘The paraffin soldiers of the American Civil War Wax Museum at the edge of the Gettysburg battlefield have stood stiff guard over the past for more than 50 years,’ the Evening Sun in Hanover report. ‘But the frozen tableaux are melting away, to be auctioned off to make way for the more fluid, interactive history of the 21st century.’

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‘Old Dorm,’ Gettysburg’s Schmucker Hall, at sunrise

Noel Kline arose early to get this photograph of Lutheran Theological Seminary’s Schmucker Hall at sunrise in May 2013. A month later, the scene was less tranquil as re-enacters were camping around that area as part of Gettysburg 150 observances. ‘Old Dorm,’ as it was called, was dedicated as a museum as part of that event. Today, the museum, which served as a hospital in the Battle of Gettysburg, offers 20,000 square feet of interactive exhibits. The winter, with relatively few tourists, provides an easy opportunity to see Gettysburg sites.

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Gettysburg 150: What lessons did York learn from this big anniversary?

Confederate Gen. John B. Gordon stayed at the Jacob Altland’s house at Farmers, along the York-Gettysburg Pike, the night before he and his division entered York. In this farmhouse, he met a delegation from York and accepted the town’s surrender. The private dwelling stands today, unmarked as a historical site. It is shown here as it looked in 1963.

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Best of the best Hanover/Adams photos in 2013

Love these photo galleries of the year, this one from the Hanover Evening Sun’s gallery. This one, of course, points back to the padlocking of the Gettysburg National Military Park, specifically Soldiers’ National Cemetery.

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For York County collectors, these toys are not just for fun

This old metal sled, for sale at this past weekend’s Great York Toy Extravaganza, dates before World War II. Its presence at the large toy show, whose visitors included serious-minded antique collectors, reminds you that York County was home to a major maker of sleds before World War II. American Acme in Emgisville made them by the thousands. A newspaper article says the company sold more than 150,000 sleds. But the raw material of choice was wood, rather than metal.

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Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation may be little noted but should be long remembered

Abraham Lincoln and his presidency is rightly remembered in this 150th season after his Gettysburg Address. But another proclamation 150 years ago helped shaped America today. His Thanksgiving Proclamation in 1863 established Thanksgiving as a national holiday, the last Thursday in November. President Franklin D. Roosevelt later established it as the fourth Thursday.

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The story of Evergreen Cemetery, with its distinctive Gettysburg gatehouse, set to music

With all the well-deserved attention on Dedication Day observances at the National Cemetery in Gettysburg, it’s a due step to explore the nearby Evergreen cemetery as well. An Evening Sun story notes that people known to us from the Civil War era are buried there. ‘That list includes notable historic figures like Elizabeth Thorn who, while six months pregnant, buried 91 soldiers in the weeks following the Battle of Gettysburg; Jennie Wade, the only civilian killed in the battle; and John Burns, the only Gettysburg civilian to fight in the battle,’ the Hanover, Pa., newspaper reported. ‘Sam Cobean, a famous cartoonist known for his work in the New Yorker, Pittsburgh Steelers lineman Steve Corson, Hall of Fame baseball player Eddie Plank and poet Maryann Moore are among the buried.’ Of course, Evergreen is known because of its distinctive gatehouse seen in so many Gettysburg photos. And now it’s known for a soundtrack ‘Beyond the Gatehouse,’ which tells the cemetery’s story. The project’s mastermind is Brian Kennell, superintendent of Evergreen, seen here. So, Civil War students and visitors can now not only see the gatehouse, but also hear about it.

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Gettysburg Dedication Day 150: 6 best story, photo and video links

An Abraham Lincoln re-enactor does not speak, but listens in the Nov. 19 observance of the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address. Events linked to the 150th continue this week in Gettysburg, Pa.

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