Convalescing soldiers in York’s army hospitals marched through the streets to the train station to martial music carrying an anti-copperhead banner.
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.
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.
York County was a Democratic stronghold in the 1800s. After the Gettysburg Campaign, a wave of anti-Lincoln sentiment swept through the county.
The 87th Pennsylvania, the largest regiment from Yok County during the war, first saw combat at the Second Battle of Winchester in June 1863.
David Small published York’s largest newspaper during the Civil War and ran the local Democratic Party. Come here Jim McClure discuss Small at this month’s CWRT meeting.