Here are ten misconceptions about York County, PA, during the Civil War. Author and lecturer Scott Mingus answers readers’ questions.
After the Civil War, PA residents could file border claims for the damages inflicted by the Confederate or Union soldiers, including stolen horses. More than 800 York Countians filed such claims. None received a dime from the commonwealth.
A old Civil War fife used during the defense of Wrightsville PA during the Gettysburg Campaign was in Altoona in the 1930s. Its current location is unknown.
In 1892, York historian George R. Prowell interviewed ex-Confederate General Jubal A. Early at his house in Lynchburg, VA, to discuss the ransom of York PA.
A Rebel soldier who fought at Gettysburg later designed and sculpted the impressive Irish Brigade Monument. William O’Donovan had a connection to York PA.
Teenager John H. Shearer bravely protected the vital telegraph instrument at Hanover Junction when the Rebels attacked during the Gettysburg Campaign.