An identified CDV of York Civil War-era resident Virginia E. Codwise has recently come into the possession of Cannonball blogger Scott MIngus.
York County, PA, bordering slave state Maryland, had many residents that expressed pro-Southern sentiments during the Civil War, including at the polls. Sometimes, that support was more blatant.
During the Civil War, all sorts of false rumors and exaggerated tales spread following major battles. A newspaper in Chicago repeated tales that Stonewall Jackson captured York PA.
Rob Wynstra’s new book details the interactions between Pennsylvania residents and invading Confederate soldiers of Ewell’s Second Corps in June 1863.
Long-time author Scott Mingus presents a PowerPoint talk on R. H. Anderson’s Division at Gettysburg, with a focus on the fighting on the second day, July 1, in the center of the Union line.
Pro-Lincoln newspapers across the North pilloried York’s “copperhead” citizens and their chief burgess, David Small, for surrendering York to the Rebels in 1863. It remains a controversial decision to this day.
A local story claims that Confederate General John B. Gordon spent a fitful night in the guestroom of the Magee/Rewalt house in Wrightsville after being attacked by a falling canopy over his bed.
Confederate Gen. John B. Gordon led a brigade at York and Wrightsville during the Gettysburg Campaign. In March 1894, the author/politician returned to York to give a speech at the Opera House.
The 87th Pennsylvania, the largest regiment from Yok County during the war, first saw combat at the Second Battle of Winchester in June 1863.