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LIBRARY & ARCHIVES - Civil War Soldiers: York/Adams County
 
  In 1860 York County's population was over 68,000, with York Borough comprising over 8,600. Estimates vary, but over 6,200 York Countians served during the Civil War. Following the war, many did not return to York County due to death or relocation. Almost two decades ago, author Dennis W. Brandt began compiling a database of York and Adams County soldiers while working on his first book, From Home Guards to Heroes: the 87th Pennsylvania and Its Civil War Community. This database reflects years he spent in the Library at the YCHT, Washington D.C.'s National Archives, Carlisle's Army War College, and private collections. Gleaning data from the letters, pension files, diaries, cemetery readings and other papers he has accumulated data on nearly 11,000 Civil War soldiers, mostly, but not exclusively, from York and Adams counties. Also included are soldiers from adjacent counties and a small sampling from other Pennsylvania regions, Maryland and 9 other states.

No database of this size and complexity can contain perfect data, and Brandt doesn't suggest it does, as the occasional "?" in records indicates. Personal data for soldiers who served with the 87th Pennsylvania overall have the greatest accuracy in this database because he spent the most time on them preparing his book. Anyone who has corroborated evidence of additional data or data on a York/Adams Civil War soldier missing from the file is cordially invited to contact York County Heritage Trust and add their knowledge to the database. We are interested in any soldier who was from York or Adams County, enlisted in either county, served with a regiment from either county, or who may have lived in either location after the war. We are also interested in women who may have regularly traveled with their soldier-husbands or sons during the war.

For more information or to donate, please contact Lila Fourhman-Shaull.

For a list of sources to find out more information about your Civil War ancestor click here.
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