In 1860 the town of Hanover was said to have had 1600 citizens. The streets were laid out and led to larger cities, which made Hanover a connecting link to Harrisburg, Baltimore, Frederick, Maryland, Carlisle, and York, Pennsylvania. Within Mount Olivet Cemetery lies the many who fought during the Civil War.
According to John T. Krepps book, A Strong and Sudden Onslaught, The Cavalry Action at Hanover, Pennsylvania, Hanover was a self-sustaining town of shop owners, druggists, monument builders, farmers, to name a few.
On September 8, 2016, Scott Minges posted in his blog, Cannonba!!, titled “Resident shared memories of the Battle of Hanover.” Minges explains that the “19th-century historian George R. Prowell had interviewed former Hanover shopkeeper Joseph C. Holland about his memories of Lt. Col. Elijah V. White’s June 27, 1863, raid on Hanover and the battle of Hanover three days later. These recollections were printed in the July 12, 1905, edition of the York Daily, 42 years after the battle.” In order to get a better idea of Hanover, Minges’ blog is a ‘must-read.’ Did you know that Mount Olivet Cemetery was referred to as Cemetery Hill at one point? Open here to read the blog post.
Until the Civil War, I could post the names of the men who fought during the Civil War and are buried at Mount Olivet Cemetery. According to the list of names I found in Dennis Brandt’s list of York Countians who served during the Civil War, I counted over 200 names. So, I am sparing you the long list of names. However, should you really be interested, I suggest that you make a trip to the York County History Center, 250 E. Market Street, York, PA. This list is posted to their public computers in the Reading Research Library.
The image (above right) is of William S. Diller and below is the inscription from the base of his gravestone.
So, the next time you walk through Mount Olivet Cemetery, listen and maybe you might hear the whisperings from our brave departed souls. If only we could tell them how proud we are of them and of their sacrifices.
Sunday, November 6, 2016
Garden of Honor at Mount Olivet Cemetery
We Salute Our Veterans Program