An identified CDV of York Civil War-era resident Virginia E. Codwise has recently come into the possession of Cannonball blogger Scott MIngus.
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.
Rob Wynstra’s new book details the interactions between Pennsylvania residents and invading Confederate soldiers of Ewell’s Second Corps in June 1863.
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.
Confederate Gen. John B. Gordon led a brigade at York and Wrightsville during the Gettysburg Campaign. In March 1894, the author/politician returned to York to give a speech at the Opera House.
David Small published York’s largest newspaper during the Civil War and ran the local Democratic Party. Come here Jim McClure discuss Small at this month’s CWRT meeting.