Join us at Maple Shade Barn for the NYCHAPS Speaker Series featuring Ron Hershner on Thursday, June 14th, at 7pm.
In 1863, nineteen-year-old farm boy John Harvey Anderson left the cornfields of Hopewell Township, York County and rose to the defense of his country. By the end of the war, this cavalryman was fighting his way through the Carolinas, riding with one of the most battle-hardened units in Sherman’s Army of the Cumberland. Over the course of Anderson’s service in the Union he received a number of letters from friends and family that not only encouraged him to do his duty but also provided first-hand accounts of life and attitudes on the home front. Twenty-three of those letters survive to offer a rare personal insight into the Civil War home front in York County.
Local historian and author Ron Hershner uses these letters as the foundation of his work Letters From Home to delve into the political, social and economic impact of war. These letters led Hershner to both genealogical and military records to complete the story. “It is a story of family, and it is a view into the fiercely held opinions about war in the York County community.” This event is free.
Photo courtesy Library of Congress. “Two unidentified soldiers in Union uniforms in front of painted backdrop showing military camp scene,” circa 1861 and 1865.
The Northern York County Historical and Preservation Society (NYCHAPS) strives to inspire by connecting the lessons of the past to the challenges of today. Through hands-on experience, the past culture of the area is brought to life in a deeper and richer educational experience. Through preservation, research, and our collections, NYCHAPS seeks to inspire a different way of learning history.