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Confederates take down flag
Confederate soldiers lower the large American flag in York’s Centre Square on June 30, 1863, after the town’s fathers had surrendered the day before. The rebels marched uncontested into the undefended Pennsylvania town. Immediately after settling in, Gen. Jubal Early’s rebels requisitioned food, supplies and money. The town complied with everything but the $100,000 requisition, delivering only about $28,000. Background posts: Carnegie to Farquhar: ‘… I am ready to go out and enjoy myself’ , Pro/Con: Should York’s leaders have surrendered to the rebels? and Unsung farmhouse loud symbol of a shaping moment for York.

Another in a series of images that point to events or moments that help define York County… .

In plain view: Some of more than 6,000 rebel soldiers occupying York County, Pa., are detailed to take down the town’s main flag. After some debate, the town’s fathers left the flag up knowing it would be captured. The rebels occupied York for about two days before their recall to the Gettysburg area where a battle was brewing. York became the largest town north of the Mason-Dixon Line to surrender to the invaders.
Behind the scene: The occupation established York as one of the few communities north of the Mason-Dixon Line with a direct role in both the Revolutionary and Civil wars. But some York residents were embarrassed then that their town did not resist the rebels and, in fact, sought them out to surrender. To this day, York promotes its Revolutionary War successes foremost, despite a warning from a diarist writing to her cousin. The Confederate invasion, Cassandra Small writes, is a “matter never to be forgotten.” Those witnessing the lowering of the American flag that day undoubtedly connected an irony of two historical events happening in York: On that spot, the Articles of Confederation were adopted, creating a confederacy of states in the face of the British invasion. On the same spot 86 years later, the lowering of the flag symbolized that the confederacy had come apart in the face of an invasion by another foreign power.
Further details: This image came from the York County Heritage Trust’s book “Lewis Miller, Sketches and Chronicles.” That 1966 publication, now out of print, contains many – but certainly not all – of the trust’s collection of 19th-century scenes by the carpenter/artist.
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To see the full series of iconic photos in a special York Daily Record/Sunday News publication, click here.