On June 27, 1863, Col. Elijah White and his band of Confederate soldiers burned bridges, raided the Hanover Junction Railroad Station, and destroyed the telegraph lines and equipment. They hoped to disrupt the communication between Washington and its generals.
Close to the 150th anniversary, a large crowd was treated to a skit, portraying the destruction of the telegraph line and equipment.
The Victorian Parlor performed Civil War-era music to add to the festivities. Visitors could visit encampments of Civil War nurses, the Christian Minister Commission and the 87th Pennsylvania.
The Friends of the Rail Trail had been planning this event for months. This was a gift for York County.
We were thrilled to see history come alive. We would be remiss if we didn't thank our partners: The 87th Pennsylvania, which portrayed Union soldiers, the 35th Virginia, which portrayed the Confederates and the Sunset Scramblers, who kept the trail safe.
Our volunteers served as greeters and did any job we asked.
Jeri Jones and Francis Valasquez from York County Parks helped us make the reenactment a huge success.
York County, mark your calendar for 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17. President Abraham Lincoln will be stopping at Hanover Junction Railroad Station on his way to deliver the Gettysburg Address.