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.
The Hanover Branch Railroad provided freight and passenger service connecting Gettysburg and Littlestown to the Northern Central Railway at Hanover Junction.
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.
Long-time author Scott Mingus presents a PowerPoint talk on R. H. Anderson’s Division at Gettysburg, with a focus on the fighting on the second day, July 1, in the center of the Union line.
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.