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The Civil War comes to York County, Pa.

This poster offering a quick history lesson of the Civil War is part of the York, Pa., Daily Record/Sunday News’ coverage of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. The poster page, detailing troop movements and describes the life of an enlisted soldier on the battlefield, can also be found here and appears on the Civil War Echoes section of Scott Mingus’ Cannonball blog. Also of interest: Civil War in York County, by the numbers and Does anyone remember ‘The General’s’ 100th anniversary visit to Gettysburg? and St. Paul’s Lutheran’s members worshipped on day Rebels invaded York, Pa. – at least 8 of them did.

Civil War Echoes, a new blog page that is part of Scott Mingus’ popular Cannonball blog, pulls together coverage and commentary about the Civil War, linked in with the 150th anniversary of that war.
Here’s its description:

Civil War Echoes looks back 150 years to the War Between the States, with a particular focus on the southcentral Pennsylvania home front and its men in uniform. Here you’ll find local stories by the York Daily Record/Sunday News and sister publications, the Evening Sun of Hanover and the Chambersburg Public Opinion – as well as national coverage of the war’s anniversary.

For example, the site includes my York Sunday News column (4/10/11) which begins:

The Civil War brought redemption.
The war’s outcome settled the slavery issue that had plagued America for decades. It dealt a well-aimed blow to state rights, that had been running on steroids.
But redemption sometimes requires pain.
And blood.
After hostilities ceased, the community bands welcoming troops home as they stepped off cars at York County stations along the Northern Central Railway and Hanover Branch Railroad did little to drown out the awful memories of carnage.
Nor did gatherings of the York County old-timers – many without limbs – after the war.
York County sat in the war’s line of fire, and that location on the Mason-Dixon Line proved to be costly.
So I chose some excerpts, adapted from Scott L. Mingus Sr. and my “Civil War Voices from York County, Pa.” that focus on the pain – the cost of war.
Perhaps in five years – in 2015 at the 150th anniversary of the Civil War’s end – we’ll publish excerpts about redemption.

To read the rest, visit here.
Civil War Echoes also will carry excerpts from “Civil War Voices” through Sept. 1.
Also of interest:
All Yorktownsquare.com Civil War posts from the start.
Signs point to York, ‘Prize of the Confederacy,’ and other York/Adams Civil War wonders