June 21, 2023 – James McClure “Telling York County’s Full Civil War Story…At Last.”

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Starting with the March 15 meeting, the York CWRT will have a table with discount books for sale as a fundraiser for future meetings and activities. There are many Gettysburg titles, as well as biographies, battle studies, tour guides, collector books, and so much more.

When York County and America observed the Battle of Gettysburg centennial in 1963, York’s newspapers covered community observations in Wrightsville and Hanover. But there was scant coverage of York’s role a century before when the Confederates raided the county in the days before fighting at Gettysburg. Jim McClure traces the way York has discussed – or sat in silence- in regard to those days marked by York’s fathers’ surrender of the town to the Confederates. He follows the telling of York’s Civil War and related Underground Railroad story up to the current day, a moment marked by extensive and thoughtful research into those days when the Confederates marched across York County soil.

James McClure is a retired editor of the York Daily Record/ York Sunday News and USA Today Network’s state editor for Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland. He previously served as East Region editor for Digital First Media. He holds a master’s degree in American Studies from Penn State Harrisburg, where his research focused on York County journalism history. He is the author or co-author of nine books on York County history and moderates the 15,000-member Retro York Facebook Group.

He is past president of Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors and past president of the Pennsylvania Society of Newspaper Editors. He led York Daily Record/York Sunday News history teams that won two G. Richard Dew Awards for journalistic service, Pennsylvania’s most prestigious honor for outstanding journalism.


There will be no York Civil War Roundtable programs in July or August.  Please join us 0n September 20, 2023!

The York Civil War Round Table is a non-profit organization that seeks to promote, interpret, preserve, and protect the Civil War heritage of York County, Pennsylvania, through the education and exchange of information with its members and the general public. Membership is free and open to anyone interested in learning more about the American Civil War.

Founded as the White Rose Civil War Round Table, the York CWRT holds monthly meetings the third Wednesday of every month except December at 7:00 p.m. in the Meeting Hall of the York County History Center’s Historical Society Museum at 250 East Market Street in York, Pennsylvania. Each meeting features a guest speaker talking about a Civil War topic of local or national interest. Meetings are FREE and open to the public.  For upcoming programs, please visit the Cannonball webpage http://www.yorkblog.com/cannonball/york-cwrt/.

Event Details

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York Civil War Roundtable

Wednesday June 21


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