Part 6 of my video tour of Civil War events in Wrightsville PA is now on-line
York County Heritage Trust sanctioned Civil War guide and author Scott L. Mingus Sr. stands in front of the historic lime kilns along the western bank of the Susquehanna River at Wrightsville, Pennsylvania. Photo by Bobby Housch of the Gettysburg Daily website.
The Gettysburg Daily has been posting short video clips of a guided tour I led back in September 2009. Part 6 of this series is now on-line, with the final tour stops coming on-line in a week or so in the rotating schedule.
This series is meant to give an overview of the Civil war events in Wrightsville, which proved to be the farthest east reached by any armed elements of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia (prisoners of war from the Battle of Gettysburg of course went on to Fort Delaware and other points east).
Confederate cavalrymen and officers such as Brigadier General John B. Gordon are known to have watered their horses in the Susquehanna River while wistfully peering across at the Union militia sentinels on the eastern bank, which had been their objective. The seizure of the river crossing would have allowed Rebel entry into Lancaster County where several key railroads intersected at Columbia. Major General Jubal Early planned for his entire division to cross into Lancaster County, break up the railroads, and march along the river through Marietta toward Harrisburg.
In the spring, Bobby and I plan to shoot a series of similar video tours of Civil War sites in and around the city of York, Pennsylvania, which was the largest Northern town to fall to the Confederate army during the Civil War (larger towns such as Cincinnati and Harrisburg were threatened, but of course never taken by the Rebels).