The Northern Central Railway and its two spurs in York County were vital to the local economy and to Lincoln’s war effort.
Teenager John H. Shearer bravely protected the vital telegraph instrument at Hanover Junction when the Rebels attacked during the Gettysburg Campaign.
Abraham Lincoln’s funeral train passed through York County on April 21, 1863, as a cold drizzle set the tone as somber crowds lined the tracks.
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.
The Hanover Branch Railroad provided freight and passenger service connecting Gettysburg and Littlestown to the Northern Central Railway at Hanover Junction.