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

Killed in Action at Hanover

Reformed Cemetery

 
 
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By Beverly Pfingsten, June 28, 2008
1. Killed in Action at Hanover Marker
Inscription. Hanover photographer Peter S. Weaver, who operated a studio on Baltimore Street, recorded this view dated February 6, 1964. The man holding the book in the photo is Samuel Weaver, Peter's father. Samuel supervised the operation in which the remains of over 3,500 Union soldiers were exhumed and then reburied in the Gettysburg National Cemetery.

The workers used long hooks to pull decomposed bodies from the graves. Nineteen Union cavalrymen were reported killed or mortally wounded in Hanover on June 30, 1863. Some bodies had been moved elsewhere, but eleven still remained buried at Hanover in 1864.

The evening of the battle, citizens took the Union corpses to J.P. Flickinger's foundry on York Street. By 9:00 p.m. the bodies were placed in caskets ordered by Henry Wirt, a leading citizen of Hanover. Reverend W. K. Zieber of Emmanuel Reformed Church performed ceremonies for the deceased at the Reformed Cemetery. Also, two soldiers were buried in St. Matthew Church Cemetery.

"They were all taken up, put in coffins and conveyed to Gettysburg and re-interred in the National Cemetery near that place." - The Hanover Spectator, February 12, 1864
"Although view 60 (photo shown) was recorded in nearby Hanover, it provides the only known visual documentation of the exhumation process supervised by Gettysburg's
Reformed Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, June 28, 2008
2. Reformed Cemetery
Samuel Weaver, the man seen standing to the right with the notebook in hand."

 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Pennsylvania, Battle of Hanover Walking Tour marker series.
 
Location. 39° 48.067′ N, 76° 58.807′ W. Marker is in Hanover, Pennsylvania, in York County. Marker is on School Avenue east of East Walnut Street, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hanover PA 17331, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Trinity United Church of Christ (within shouting distance of this marker); Abbottstown Street/Broadway (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Confederates Take Stock (about 600 feet away); Inventions of Hanover (about 800 feet away); 19th Century Industrialization (about 800 feet away); Hanover in the Revolutionary war (about 800 feet away); Richard McAllister (about 800 feet away); Digges' Choice, 1737 (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hanover.
 
More about this marker. Photo
Exhumation of Union Soldiers

Photo courtesy of William A. Frassanito, "Early Photograph at Gettysburg"
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesChurches, Etc.War, US Civil
 
Reformed Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, June 28, 2008
3. Reformed Cemetery
Many of the gravemarkers have been broken.
Memorial in Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, June 28, 2008
4. Memorial in Cemetery
This memorial is dedicated to the deceased whom are buried in this cemetery 1772 - 1881.
The Reform Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, June 28, 2008
5. The Reform Cemetery
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 29, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,432 times since then and 57 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 29, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.   5. submitted on July 3, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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