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Wrightsville in York County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Hosting the Invader

Rivertowns - Civil War Trails

 
 
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By Craig Swain, March 27, 2010
1. Hosting the Invader Marker
Inscription.  Four decades after the Civil War, the June 1863 fire at Wrightsville still loomed in Confederate General John Brown Gordon's memory. "The Union Troops stationed at Wrightsville had," he wrote, "after their retreat across it, fired the bridge which I had hoped to secure .... I called on the citizens of Wrightsville for buckets and pails, but none were to be found. There was, however, no lack of buckets and pails a little later, when the town was on fire."

Gordon's men could not save the bridge but did protect the home of Mary Rewalt, daughter of Wrightsville's chief burgess. Mary invited Gordon and some of his staff to breakfast at her house. Gordon inquired "as to whether her sympathies were with the Northern or Southern side...." She replied, "You and your soldiers last night saved my home from burning, and I was unwilling that you should go away without some token of my appreciations. I must tell you however, that, with my consent and approval, my husband is a soldier in the Union Army, and my constant prayer to Heaven is that our cause may triumph and the Union be saved."
 
Erected by Pennsylvania
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By Craig Swain, March 27, 2010
2. Hosting the Invader Marker
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Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Pennsylvania Civil War Trails series list. A significant historical month for this entry is June 1863.
 
Location. 40° 1.523′ N, 76° 31.93′ W. Marker is in Wrightsville, Pennsylvania, in York County. Marker is at the intersection of Hellam Street (State Highway 462) and North 3rd Street, on the right when traveling west on Hellam Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 300 Hellam Street, Wrightsville PA 17368, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 1861 - 1865 (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); U.S.S. Maine Memorial (about 500 feet away); Flame of Freedom (about 500 feet away); The Union Cemetery (about 600 feet away); Wrightsville (approx. 0.2 miles away); Gettysburg Campaign (approx. 0.2 miles away); American Legion Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Old Post Office Building (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wrightsville.
 
Also see . . .  A Tour of Wrightsville. In part seven of his seven part tour of Wrightsville, historian Scott Mingus discusses Mary Rewalt's hosting. (Submitted on June 13, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
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By Craig Swain, March 27, 2010
3. James Magee House
Mary Rewalt hosted General Gordon and other Confederate officers for breakfast in the house on June 29, 1863.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 30, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 13, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,063 times since then and 66 times this year. Last updated on May 29, 2021, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 13, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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