The commander of the Union forces in south-central PA reported on his investigation that York’s residents welcomed Confederate invaders.
York County’s Democratic congressman, Joseph Bailey, voted against recruiting black soldiers. He later supported President Lincoln’s war efforts.
The leading newspaper in York PA strongly supported the 1850 Fugitive Slave Law and chastised the governor for obstructing it after the Christiana Riot.
The controversial 1842 Supreme Court decision in the Prigg vs. Pennsylvania legal case was a spark on the path to civil war. It had York County roots.
York Civil War Round Table: June 19, 7 pm: Michael Jesperger will discuss the attempted theft of Abraham Lincoln’s body from its grave. YCHC, 250 E. Market St., York PA. FREE talk!
Michael Wunsch will discuss “Abraham Lincoln & the National Union Party Convention, Baltimore, Maryland, June 7-8, 1864,” at the York CWRT April 17 at 7 pm
York’s chief burgess, Democrat David Small, endorsed famed Maj. Gen. William B. Franklin as a possible candidate for PA governor in 1863. It was not to be.