A York PA resident is victimized by a pickpocket while riding a railroad train south from York to Baltimore just days before the battle of Antietam.
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.
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.