Pennsylvania’s heated gubernatorial election of 1863 led to sharp words, acts of vandalism, and gunfire on the streets of York.
York County normally voted Democratic in presidential elections throughout the 19th century. 1864 was no exception, when President Abraham Lincoln garnered less than 45% of the vote.
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.