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More York County Civil War news–end of May 1863


As I indicated in my previous post, even though the York Gazette was against the Lincoln administration and the continuation of the Civil War, the newspaper seemingly printed the war news without bias. They were very also very supportive of the troops.

Here is part of a dispatch from Suffolk, May 18, 1863, by telegraph, naming eight of the 21 soldiers killed and wounded near the Blackwater River on May 16, 1863 as members of the 166th Regiment, Pennsylvania Infantry (Drafted Militia), a York County raised regiment. The list reads:

Francis Crook, killed
Philip Hoover, killed
—- Phillips, killed
Geo. Shonitz, wounded in hand
Moses Hess, wounded in leg
Lewis Renhouser, wounded in hand
Henry Wiley, wounded in ankle

The others on the list include nine soldiers from the 6th Massachusetts, one each from the 18th Indiana and 7th Massachusetts and two from the 10th New Jersey.

A separate article, credited to the [York Democratic] Press recaps the list under the title “York County Soldiers Killed in Battle,” with the added information that “In the battle at Suffolk, on the 15th inst., Mr. Philip Hoover, of the 166th Regiment of Penn’a Militia, was instantly killed, by a rifle or musket ball. The ball entered his breast, causing instant death. He was a resident of Manchester Township, where he leaves a wife and child, to mourn his sudden demise. He was about twenty years of age.”

For more about the 166th, click this link to the National Park Service Civil War site. It includes a list, garnered from National Archives records, of all the members of the regiment.

Coming Soon: The Fiery Trial: York County’s Civil War Experience opening June 29 at York County Heritage Trust.