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Civil War Voices from York County, Pa.: Remembering the Rebellion and the Gettysburg Campaign Paperback – April 1, 2011

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"I thought the book was fabulous!" - CD

Bill Peschel, Harrrisburg Patriot-News: "...a unique, ground-level history of the conflict in the midstate with an emphasis on the Gettysburg campaign... a kaleidoscope of vignettes, some only a few paragraphs long, telling the stories of soldiers, farmers, business owners, women and children, frequently in their own words.

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The border county of York and its people stood smack in the middle of things -- where South met North -- in the American Civil War.That war roiled York County from its tip near the Pennsylvania capital of Harrisburg to its 40-mile base at the Mason-Dixon Line. Union soldiers moved to the South after seasoning and staging on county soil. Train cars dripping with blood carried many wounded and diseased soldiers back to a mammoth U.S. military hospital on York parkland. Thousands of York County residents donned blue uniforms, and untold scores died. The war marched onto county soil in those terrible days before the Battle of Gettysburg. The four-day Confederate visit drained money, food, supplies, and horseflesh. Soldiers in blue and gray died in fighting at Hanover and Wrightsville. Gettysburg came next, and county residents gathered food and supplies to treat the wounds of battle, a short 30 miles away. In Civil War Voices from York County, Pa., Scott L. Mingus Sr. and James McClure use oral histories, letters, diaries, and newspaper accounts to tell the stories of York in those bleak days, 50 years ago. They give a vibrant voice to those living, serving, and dying in a border county in this most tumultuous period in America's history.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Colecraft Industries; 1st edition (April 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983364001
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983364009
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.4 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,538,164 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By James W. Durney TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 3, 2011
Format: Paperback
In 1863, York County is not the epicenter of the Confederate invasion of Pennsylvania. That "honor" belongs to neighboring Adams County to the west. Even still, the residents knew the sound of enemy boots. They heard the cannon at Gettysburg and tried to help the battles wounded. The Gettysburg Campaign created stories that went into letter, journals or became party of family history. These stories are of everyday people caught up in an extraordinary event. This is the human face of the Gettysburg Campaign and the Civil War. These are stories of Early's division and Stuart's cavalry, fighting at Hanover and Wrightsville, nursing the wounded and life 150 years ago. They tell of going off to war and coming home when it was over. This book's title truthfully captures the contents. This is the voice of people fighting a war and trying to survive.
If you have never been to York County, there is a good map as you open the book. This will keep you positioned and help place the stories. Illustrations are placed throughout the book putting faces to names or showing us locations. Endnotes and a full index complement the text. Two of the five chapters are about the Gettysburg Campaign. The other chapters remember the war and illustrate its' impact on the county. The Afterward tells us of how the war changed the county and how those changes endured even to the present. This is a sit n read or a pick up and browse book depending on your mood. It is equally enjoyable either way.
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Scott Mingus and Jim McClure have put together a wonderful compilation of accounts from York County Civilians, Soldiers and even the county's Confederate invaders. These descriptive and vivid acounts provide the reader with a rare insight into the daily lives of civilians and soldiers alike during America's great sectional conflict. Many Civil War buffs concentrate their reading and study on famous battles and campaigns, but this selection offers a great read. I encourage any South Central Pennsylvania Resident with an interest in Civil War History or any Civil War buffs who have interest in branching out from battle and campaign studies to pick up a copy of this book.
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I greatly enjoyed reading this book. There are some very good stories about Wrightsville, and the bridge burning. The stories of the York citizens are also very interesting. A good choice!
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