Convalescing soldiers in York’s army hospitals marched through the streets to the train station to martial music carrying an anti-copperhead banner.
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.
York County was a Democratic stronghold in the 1800s. After the Gettysburg Campaign, a wave of anti-Lincoln sentiment swept through the county.