A Retrospective of the Confederate Invasion of 1863
Why is the 151st anniversary commemorated far less than the 150th? Sometime in the distant past, a 150th anniversary was considered a milestone; the 151st, not so much.
After the age of 21, most birthday milestones are 30, 40, 50, 60, etc., i.e. every 10 years. Commemoration milestones of more than 100 years typically jump 25 years. Last year was the Sesquicentennial (150th) and get ready in 2038 for the Dodransbicentennial (175th).
This retrospective of the Confederate Invasion of 1863, is for the “Sesquicentennial Plus One” commemoration. The following are a few of my top posts related to the Confederate Invasion of 1863:
My Great Grandfather, John Gilbert, assisted in boring holes so that charges could be set in a span of the Bridge between Wrightsville & Columbia; to prevent rebels from crossing the Susquehanna River during the Civil War. Three photos of John Gilbert and nice comments.
Answering questions to my post Witness to Gettysburg Address, where I received more e-mail than with any other post.
Cassandra (Small) Franklin discovered letters in an attic that her aunt Cassandra M. Small wrote during the Confederate Invasion of York, PA, in 1863. Cassandra (Small) Franklin had these letters published as “Letters of ’63.”
This second part of Letters in the Attic provides answers inserted between paragraphs of the letter Cassandra Small wrote to Lissie Latimer on June 30th, 1863.
An installment of my historical novel is posted every Thursday. Starting in June, I introduced a link to Chapter 8 that has proven popular not only to Rebels but also to successive chapters: Lincoln, Work and Princeton.
A short-cut directly to the Lincoln chapter in my historical novel.
Most historians presently believe that Lincoln stood on a platform in the neighboring Evergreen Cemetery to deliver his famous Gettysburg Address. I decided to plot viewpoints, of a photograph by Alexander Gardner and a sketch by Joseph Becker, on a map to draw my own conclusions.
The President was keenly interested in the state of the Northern Central Railway because it was a principal supply link for not only the Union Army but also for supplying Washington D.C. during the war.
The Mathew Brady photograph purportedly showing President Abraham Lincoln standing on a railway platform was misidentified for many years. In the early 1950s the railway station was correctly identified as Hanover Junction, which set off a debate; is that really Lincoln on the day before he delivered the Gettysburg Address? A 1925 article sheds light on the debate; of significance is the fact this 1925 article was printed long before the photograph was correctly identified as Hanover Junction in the early 1950s.
The Lincoln Funeral Train used as many as 42 different locomotives to make the, over 1600 mile round-about route, funeral train journey from Washington, D.C. to President Lincoln’s burial site in Springfield, Illinois.
The following are links to a few other posts related to the Confederate Invasion of 1863:
- Kick-Off of Civil War 150th Anniversary on YorksPast; 7-Years of Planning for the 100th and The York Water Company
- Letters to LINCOLN during the Invasion; “if Lee gets his army across the Susquehanna”
- Letters to LINCOLN during the Invasion; “We need John C. Fremont”
- Letters to LINCOLN during the Invasion; “The People of New Jersey are Apprehensive”
- Letters to LINCOLN during the Invasion; “Colonel Ruff, Third Cavalry, U. S. Army”
- Letters to LINCOLN during the Invasion; “Rebels at York and Carlisle yesterday a good deal agitated”
- Read The Actual Article: Next-day Newspaper Coverage of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address
- The Civil War experience while walking the Heritage Rail Trail near Hanover Junction
- Name the Two Years marked by 150th Anniversary Observations by a Steam Train Excursion to Hanover Junction
- Two Railcar Manufacturers were in the City of York during the Civil War; plus Origins of the Empire Car Works
- Dallastown Soldier buried in Gettysburg National Cemetery
- Guess the Time Required to Paint an INCREDIBLY Long Bridge
- Why the Discrepancies in Civil War Records? Part 1: Robert Crane records on Burning of The Columbia-Wrightsville Bridge
- Why the Discrepancies in Civil War Records? Part 2: Jacob Hoke on Burning of The Columbia-Wrightsville Bridge
- Why the Discrepancies in Civil War Records? Part 3: George R. Prowell on Burning of The Columbia-Wrightsville Bridge
- Why the Discrepancies in Civil War Records? SUMMARY & Part 4: Wrightsville Star article on Burning of The Columbia-Wrightsville Bridge
- Looking Back on the 100th Anniversary Commemoration of The Battle of Gettysburg; Part 1
- Looking Back on the 100th Anniversary Commemoration of The Battle of Wrightsville; Part 1
- Prelude to Gettysburg, 2,000 Troops Participate in 1963 Re-enactment of the Battle of Hanover
- In The Sights of Civil War Purists and Going Down
- President Lincoln was Interrupted Five times with Applause during his Gettysburg Address
- Subsequent to the Gettysburg Address; Civil War Election of 1864