Upcoming events to mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War in York County:


Book signing: Mark Nesbitt, author of "Ghosts and Gettysburg," will sign books from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Saturday at Irvin's Books, 2159 White St.

Wednesday, June 19

Book signing: Local attorney Ron Hershner will sign and talk about his new book, "Letters from Home: York County, PA in the Civil War," at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 19 at the York County Heritage Trust Historical Society Museum, 250 E. Market St. Hershner's book is based on a collection of 23 letters written to Civil War soldier John Harvey Anderson from his York County family and friends. The event is free.

Thursday, June 20

Walking tour: Historian and author Scott Mingus will host a walking tour of the Confederate occupation of York City beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 20. Participants should meet at the northwest corner of Continental Square. Tickets are $12, and advance registration is required. To register, call Downtown Inc at (717) 849-2331.

Saturday, June 22

Re-enactment: On Saturday, June 22, the public is invited to a re-enactment of the Confederate raid on Hanover Junction. The free event will begin at 12:30 p.m. Steam Into History, a group that built a steam train to promote Civil War history, will participate.


Wednesday, June 26

Roundtable: Historians Scott Mingus and Jim McClure will host a book signing and roundtable talk about the Civil War in York County at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 26 at the York County Heritage Trust Society Museum, 250 E. Market St. The event is free.

Thursday, June 27

Speaker: As part of the York County Heritage Trust's Distinguished Speaker Series, "Gods and Generals" author Jeff Shaara will appear from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, June 27 at the Country Club of York, 1400 Country Club Road. Reservations are required. For tickets, call the Heritage Trust at (717) 848-1587.

Friday, June 28

Fireworks: Memorial: Rivertownes PA USA, a nonprofit group, will host "Flames Across the Susquehanna: Burning of the Columbia-Wrightsville Bridge" on Saturday, June 28 at the John Wright Restaurant, 234 N. Front St., Wrightsville. The event commemorates the destruction of the mile-long bridge, which thwarted the eastward movement of Confederate soldiers bent on marching into Lancaster County. The event will begin at 7 p.m., with fireworks scheduled to begin at 10 p.m.

Saturday, June 29

Exhibit: The York County Heritage Trust Historical Society Museum will open "The Fiery Trial: York County's Civil War Experience," an exhibit to highlight York County's and the southcentral Pennsylvania's role in the Civil War to the public at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 29 at the museum, 250 E. Market St.

Event: Beginning at 9 a.m. June 29, re-enactors will stage a day of Civil War memorial events at Ketterman Park, 1730 Butter Road, Dover. A talk about Confederate Gen. J.E.B. Stuart is scheduled for 3 p.m. The event is free.

Walking tour: Wrightsville's role in the Civil War will be on display for two days near the banks of the Susquehanna River. Walking tours scheduled for 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 29 and 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 30 will feature visits to churches that survived the war and the stories of people who lived in Wrightsville during the time. Tickets are $5. Participants should gather at 309 Locust St.

Tuesday, July 2

Re-enactment: The Land Conservancy of Adams County will host a re-enactment of the Battle of Hanover, an engagement that delayed Confederate cavalry on their way to Gettysburg. More than 200 people and horses will re-create the battle scene on the Sheppard Farm in Union Township, Adams County. The 600-acre farm includes some of the land where cavalries fought in 1863. The event is open to the public. Beginning at 1 p.m., spectators can interact with vendors and re-enactors. The re-enactment is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for ages 12-18, and those under 12 get in free.