Lincoln living historian to speak at Hanover Junction Nov. 18
The Hanover Area Historical Society will host a special free event for the public at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 18, in Hanover Junction, Pennsylvania. Entitled “Lincoln visits Hanover Junction”, the event will commemorate the date of President Abraham Lincoln’s journey by train to consecrate the cemetery grounds in Gettysburg. The program will feature Civil War accounts of the role the Hanover Junction rail depot played in troop movements, telegraph dispatch, and American history.
President Lincoln, portrayed by James Hayney, will speak to the crowd promptly at 5 p.m.
There will be a presentation on the Confederate cavalrymen (White’s Comanches) who raided the Northern Central Railway route, destroying bridges and cutting telegraph lines.
Hanover Junction was a major telegraph dispatch station during the war, and Terry Koller will portray the head telegraph operator stationed at the depot. Koller will explain his duties and the history of the Hanover Branch Railroad which connected Gettysburg, Hanover, and Jefferson to the larger Northern Central Railway that ran from Baltimore to Harrisburg.
Historian and author Dennis Brandt will talk about the 87th Pennsylvania Regiment (Co. C) soldiers from the York County area who guarded bridges in Pennsylvania and Maryland during the Civil War.