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150th anniversary flags intense interest in Civil War in York County, Pa.

Many York countians helped form the 16th Pennsylvania Infantry regiment early in the war. Women of York, Pa., presented the nitted with a flag, bearing the words ‘semper paratus,’ meaning always ready. York’s Thomas A. Ziegle headed the regiment. Also of interest: Invaders put off by earthy Pennsylvania women, Owner seeks info on old toll house and York County Civil War, by the numbers.

The 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War starts in April and already interest in the anniversary in emerging.
A group of 16th Pennsylvania re-enactors are seeking restoration of the regimental flag, according to a York, Pa., Daily Record/Sunday News story.
Earlier, news about a member of the United States Colored Troops soldier from York County, John Aquilla Wilson, underscored the role that black soldiers played in the war.
Anniversaries of major historical events can do that – bring out long-forgotten moments that should be recognized and treasured.
Here is a snapshot about the flag that ran with the story: Re-enactors interested in restoring Civil War flag.

“A book called ‘Advance the Colors!’ by Richard A. Sauers and the Capitol Preservation Committee gives some history and description on the 16th Regiment’s flag:
“At the request of a delegation of York ladies, Horstmann Brothers & Company manufactured a flag that the women presented to the regiment on June 8, in a ceremony in front of the York County Court House. This flag, now owned by the Historical Society of York County, is a 52 1/2″ x 69” 34-star national flag, with ’16th Regt. Penna. Vols.’ painted on the center red stripe.
“The Latin motto ‘Semper Paratus’ (Always Prepared) is painted in the midst of the blue canton. ‘Suspended from the heavily gilt spear and battle axe on the staff, was a pair of magnificent gold tassels and cord.’ Horstmann also supplied the leather covering and carrying belt.”

Also of interest:
– Info from Samuel Bates’ ‘History of Pennsylvania volunteers, 1861-5’ on the unit.
– A virtual showing of the York County Heritage Trust’s Civil War exhibit.
– Civil War posts by Yorkbloggers Scott Mingus, June Lloyd and the guy behind York Town Square.
– The official website for Pennsylvania’s 150th events: PA Civil War 150.
All York Town Square posts from the start. (Key word search by using “find” on browser.)
– Of course, you can always search for York Town Square post on Google.