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LIBRARY & ARCHIVES - York/Adams County Civil War Veterans

York County and Adams County Civil War Veterans

In 1860, York County's population was over 68,000, with York Borough having over 8,600 residents. 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 residents who served in the Civil War while working on his first book, From Home Guards to Heroes: the 87th Pennsylvania and Its Civil War Community. This database reflects years Brandt spent in the York County Heritage Trust's Library & Archives, the National Archives in Washington, DC, the Army War College in Carlisle, PA, and private collections. Gleaning data from letters, pension files, diaries, cemetery inscriptions and other source material, 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 nine other states.
No database of this size and complexity can contain perfect data, and Brandt doesn't suggest it does, as the occasional "?" in the database indicates. Personal data for soldiers who served with the 87th Pennsylvania Regiment have the greatest accuracy in this database because he spent the most time on that regiment when preparing his book. Anyone who has additional data on a soldier in the database, or who has information about a York or Adams County soldier that is missing from the database, is cordially invited to contact the York County Heritage Trust and add their information 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 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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