Civil War now a hot topic in York

I was sitting around at some public event a couple of years ago when a man came up and introduced himself.

His name was Gerald Austin Robison Jr.

I bolted upright and extended my hand.

Here was the man who wrote his 1965 master’s thesis “Confederate Operations in York County,” the first scholarly look at York County’s role in the Civil War since, well, the Civil War. I had sourced his unpublished thesis in my own early-1990s master’s work about the city’s surrender to the invading rebels and numerous other things that I’ve since written.

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