York in York County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
York surrenders to save city
Early wanted supplies for his troops, so he demanded bread, sugar, coffee, molasses, meat, socks, hats, 2,000 pairs of shoes, and $100,000 from the citizens of York. If they failed to meet his demands, he threatened to sack the town. The townspeople found most of what he asked for, except they could scrape together only $28,600. Early was satisfied and spared the town.
York's leaders had agreed not to resist in return for peaceful occupation. As a result, the Confederates allowed the Yorkers to pass freely within the town. the residents interacted regularly with the occupiers, most of whom came from Georgia, Virginia, North Carolina, and Louisiana.
Erected 2009 by Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Pennsylvania Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: York PA 17403, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Articles of Confederation (here, next to this marker); McClean House (a few steps from this marker); Continental Treasury (a few steps from this marker); The Underground Railroad and Precursors to War (a few steps from this marker); Provincial Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Black Horse Tavern (within shouting distance of this marker); Globe Inn (within shouting distance of this marker); York and York County World War II Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in York.
More about this marker. In the center is a drawing of the York town square. In the lower center is a facsimile of the Receipt for payment of $28,600, the price to spare the town of York from destruction.
Also see . . . Give me My Money!. Historian Scott Mingus discusses a 19-th Century news article regarding the ransom. Apparently, General Jubal Earl held bonds or notes for $70,000 of the remainder, and if the article is correct continued to hold them well after the war! (Submitted on October 1, 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 30, 2009, by Henry T. McLin of Hanover, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 976 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 30, 2009, by Henry T. McLin of Hanover, Pennsylvania. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.