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The January 23, 1863 weekly York Gazette carried an eloquent plea for immediate enlistment to defend the area from the invading Confederate army. The writer simply signed himself “YORK.” It is transcribed below in its entirety, along with the author’s probable identity: For the York Gazette THE CRISIS–AN APPEAL A

Passions were running high that spring and summer of 1863. The York Gazette was strongly Democratic in politics, very anti-abolitionist and anti-Lincoln. The destruction by a mob of another Democratic paper in Pennsylvania, the Huntingdon Monitor, didn’t intimidate the Gazette and other Democratic papers into toning down their rhetoric. Instead,