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

Mother Loses Two Sons to War

 
 
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By Henry T. McLin, July 31, 2009
1. Mother Loses Two Sons to War Marker
Inscription. Mother Loses Two Sons to War - Within the span of one year, Elizabeth Hoffacker of West Manheim Township received the news of her two sons' deaths in combat during the Civil War. John, 24 years old, was promoted to corporal after being in the army for two months. Riding though Hanover, he was shot and killed instantly upon the first encounter with the Confederates on June 30, 1863. William was mortally wounded at Spotsylvania Court House, Virginia, May 12, 1864. The bodies of both men were buried at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Hanover, in a lot purchased by their father.

Americans sought ways to soothe their grief over a fallen generation. Hanover residents gathered each May 30 at local burial grounds to decorate soldiers' graves with flowers. A monument at Mt. Olivet Cemetery bears the names of Civil War veterans from Hanover and surrounding areas.
 
Erected 2009 by Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, www.visitPA.com.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Pennsylvania Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 39° 47.827′ N, 76° 59.268′ W. Marker is in Hanover, Pennsylvania, in York County. Marker is on Frederick Street (Pennsylvania Route 194), on the
Mother Loses Two Sons to War Marker image. Click for full size.
By Henry T. McLin, July 31, 2009
2. Mother Loses Two Sons to War Marker
Marker is in the center of photograph looking south.
right. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 267 Frederick Street, Hanover PA 17331, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Winebrenner Tannery (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Forney Farms (about 500 feet away); The Winebrenner House (about 500 feet away); The Daniel Trone House (about 600 feet away); Fisher Place (approx. 0.2 miles away); History of the Ten Commandments Monolith (approx. mile away); The Hanover Spectator Covers the Battle (approx. mile away); Birthplace of John Luther Long (approx. mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hanover.
 
Also see . . .
1. A Mother Loses Two Sons. Hanover Civil War story stop: 'Mother Loses Two Sons to War' (Submitted on September 22, 2009, by Henry T. McLin of Hanover, Pennsylvania.) 

2. An enduring York County tale: Pvt. John Hoffacker. "It appears that this oft-repeated York County hero was not from York County after all." Historian Scott Mingus points out that Hoffacker was actually from Carroll County, Maryland. Hoffacker was killed at the Battle of Hanover, but lacking money, the family did not have him relocated. So he remained at Mount Olivet Cemetery. (Submitted on November 26, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 22, 2009, by Henry T. McLin of Hanover, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,090 times since then and 77 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 22, 2009, by Henry T. McLin of Hanover, Pennsylvania. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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