Sunday, December 13, 2009

Jeff King: York, Pennsylvania

York is the first of several posts from Jeff on this area of southern Pennsylvania.

The Prospect Hill Cemetery at 625 N George is very well worth the drive through. There is a beautiful Iraq War memorial with one American Flag for every person killed in the conflict at the entrance.
Proceed up the eastern edge of the cemetery past the administration building stop immediately at the first grass on your right hand side. There is a ground-level marker for the three deceased unknown Rebels buried here. Look carefully to find it. The first of several Civil War marker boards stands just up the hill to help you locate the marker. Proceed up the hill to its crest. This is the York Civil War Memorial known as Union Circle.

Leaving the circle on the left side, proceed from Civil War marker boards telling stories of many Civil War deceased and the role they played in the war.  About a quarter of a mile up that road on the right is York’s highest ranking general’s final resting spot. Gen. William Buell Franklin had much of the failure at Fredericksburg laid at his feet by the Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War. Mark Snell’s book “From First to Last” chronicles his life.

Several Civil War marker boards around the southeastern section of the cemetery are a very nice touch and would be fantastic at almost any historical cemetery.  My compliments to Prospect Hill and whomever did the research

Markers in York:
  • The state marker for Jubal Early’s Occupation of York is on West Market Street (State Route 462) about a ¼ mile west of the East Berlin Road (State Route 234) intersection.
  • Mural of William Goodridge, a key black citizen, 380 W Market St. 
  • PA Trails storyboard for Milling and Manufacturing, 220 W Princess, across from the Agricultural & Industrial Museum.
  • Railroad storyboard, 187 W Market, near the Codorus Creek and within site of the Colonial Courthouse.
  • York military hospital, at Penn Park, 131 W College Ave.
  • York’s Soldiers and Sailors’ Monument, also at Penn Park.  
  • Two PA Trails storyboards, York Continental Square, 12 E Market St. 
As advised for Hanover, Chambersburg and Carlisle, be sure to walk all four quadrants of the town square for information on the Underground Railroad and the surrender of the largest Northern city the South captured in the war. The York County Heritage Trust, 250 E Market St, houses a Civil War exhibit on the second floor. The William Goodridge home, 123 E Philadelphia, offers tours of the home of this black railroad owner and stationmaster on the Underground Railroad, available through the York County Heritage Trust.

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