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Schedule of Civil War events in York County PA in June/July 2013


York County, Pennsylvania, played a role in the Gettysburg Campaign. More than 20,000 soldiers (Union and Confederate) tramped through or rode through the county during the last week of June and the first two days of July in 1863. One out of every 7 soldiers in Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia visited York County in the days before the Battle of Gettysburg.

Famed Civil War generals such as Jeb Stuart, George Armstrong Custer, and Jubal Early were among those martial visitors. Abraham Lincoln and William Seward came through York County on their way to Gettysburg in November 1863 for the dedication ceremony for the new National Cemetery.

Now, 150 years later, a number of special events and commemorations will mark the sesquicentennial of York County’s role in the Gettysburg Campaign.

Here is a partial listing… please notify blogger Scott Mingus of any additions or modifications to this list.


June 15, Book Signing by Civil War author Mark Nesbitt of Ghosts of Gettysburg fame (6:30 – 8:00 p.m., Irvin’s Books, 2159 White Street, York, Pa.). Other Civil War authors may also be present.

June 17, York; PowerPoint presentation on the Civil War in York County at the Springettsbury Lions Club (7:00 p.m.; open to Lions and their invited guests).

June 19, “Letters from Home: York County, Pennsylvania, in the Civil War,” Book talk and signing by Ron Hershner (7:00 p.m., York County Heritage Trust Historical Society Museum, 250 E. Market St., York). Based on a collection of 23 letters written to Civil War soldier John Harvey Anderson from his York County family and friends, this book talk shares home events and politics. Book signing follows the talk. Free.

June 20, Walking tour of the Confederate occupation of York, meet in the NW corner of Center Square (George and Market streets) at 6:20 p.m. Sponsored by Downtown York, Inc. Advance reservations required; public is welcome to purchase tickets. Led by Civil War guide Scott Mingus. This 2-hour walk explores the politics and home front in York County, the Confederate occupation of York, the local politics and reported Underground Railroad involvement, the site of the U.S. Army General Hospital, and much more, sprinkled with oft humorous human interest stories.

June 22, 12:30 until 4:00 p.m. Reenactment of the Confederate raid on Hanover Junction (Route 616 south of US 30); grand opening of Steam into History and its Civil War replica steam train. Living history encampment by the 87th Pennsylvania with a reenactment “battle” with the 35th Battalion, Virginia Cavalry. Free.

June 23 – Underground Railroad Motor Coach Tour from Wrightsville to Christiana. (For reservations and ticket information, please contact the Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center 717-684-5249). Tour leader is noted local expert Randy Harris.

June 25, Hanover (7:00 p.m., Guthrie Memorial Library, presentation on EV White’s Confederate raid on Hanover during the weekend before the Battle of Gettysburg). Author Scott Mingus will discuss Lt. Colonel White and his men, talk a little about the Hanover company which left to defend Gettysburg and fought against White on the June 26 raid on Gettysburg, and then White’s raid on Hanover the following day, finishing with the results of the raids on Hanover and Hanover Junction. Free.

June 26, York (7:00 p.m., York Civil War Round Table talk on the Civil War in York County and book signing with Jim McClure and Scott Mingus, York County Heritage Trust, 250 E. Market St.). The co-authors will discuss events in York County using slides and quotes from their new book, “Echoing Still: More Civil War Voices from York County, Pa.” Book signing to follow. Free.

June 27, Jeff Shaara, Civil War novelist (8:00 p.m., York County Heritage Trust Distinguished Speaker Series – Country Club of York, 1400 Country Club Rd.). Contact YCHT for ticket details.

June 27, Hanover (5:30 p.m. book signings at Guthrie Memorial Library, 6:00 p.m., Civil War Panel Discussion with several local historians). General discussion of the Civil War in the Hanover area, with an extended Q&A session with the public. Bring your questions! Free.

June 28, Burning of the Columbia-Wrightsville Bridge 150th Commemoration on the grounds of the John Wright Restaurant, Wrightsville, PA; 7:00 PM Book signing by Scott Mingus; 7:00 PM: Opening Ceremony; 8:30-9:30 PM Music by the Susquehanna Travellers; 9:30 PM “Flames Across the Susquehanna,” the burning of the braziers atop the abandoned bridge piers (raindate: June 29); 10:00 PM Fireworks. Free.

June 29, The Fiery Trial Civil War Exhibit opens (all day, York County Heritage Trust Historical Society Museum, 250 E. Market Street). Interactive museum exhibition retelling the story of the American Civil War and Reconstruction, with a strong focus on York County. Free for YCHT members, nominal admission fee for non-members.

June 29,  Dover (Multiple events starting at 9:00 a.m. at Ketterman Park on Butter Road east of Route 74; reenactors, food vendors, special events, talk on Jeb Stuart’s Ride Through Dover at 3:00 p.m.). Free.

June 29, Wrightsville; 9:00 AM & 6:00 PM: A 2 1/2 hour guided walking tour. Price: Adults-$8., Senior Citizens-$5., Children (10-18)-$3. under 10 are free. 12:00 PM: Cemetery Tours in the Fairview Cemetery and at 4:00 PM at the Union and Mt. Pisgah Cemeteries; 2:00 PM: Wrightsville River Front Tour. The commemorative postal cancellation will be available at the Historic Wrightsville Museum. Evening: Military Ball for reenactors with music by the 77th NY Regimental Balladeers. Free unless otherwise mentioned.

June 30, Wrightsville (Scott Mingus book signing 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Wrightsville Historical Museum, 309 Locust Street); 2:00 PM: ”The Civil War Comes to Wrightsville” will be presented at the Locust Street Methodist Church. 3:00 PM: 2 1/2 hour guided walking tour. Price: Adults-$8., Senior Citizens-$5., Children (10-18)-$3. under 10 are free. Closing Ceremony at the United Methodist Church, Walnut Street at Route 462, with a community chorus directed by Chuck Williams at 7 PM. Free unless otherwise mentioned.

July 2, Battle of Hanover Reenactment (1:00 – 7:00 p.m. Sheppard Farm in Union Township, Adams County, 1750 Westminster Road). Witness living history as the cavalry bring to action this important battle that took place on June 30, 1863, just a few miles from Gettysburg. Gates will open at 1pm with the battle at 6pm. Camps will be open for visitors. Nearly 200 cavalry are expected. Tickets will be $10 for adults, $5 for children 12-18; children under 12 are free. This event will be held rain or shine. Call 717-334-2828 for tickets. Several authors will be present to sign their books, including J. David Petruzzi, Scott Mingus, and others.