This hard to find book, published in 1982 by the Greencastle, PA Bicentennial Committee and the Lilian Besore Memorial Library and printed by Beidel Printing House of Shippensburg, PA, this is W.P. Conrad and Ted Alexander's book entitled When War Passed this Way. It chronicles the impact of the war on the Cumberland Valley and particularly the impact on Greencastle, Pennsylvania, and the events that affected the Commonwealth's Southern border with Maryland. The major military operations included are Patterson's campaign in 1861, the Confederate invasion of Maryland in 1862, previously unpublished accounts of the Gettysburg campaign and other campaigns that involved soldiers local to the area. Using the National Archives, the US Military History Institute in Carlisle, PA, the Pennsylvania State Library, numerous local and county sources, Greencastle's newspaper, diaries, letters, veteran's records, church and cemetery records, regimental histories and official government reports, the books weaves its way from the pre-war years, through the four year conflict and on into the 20th century. It closes with the demise of the Grand Army of the Republic and the death of the area's only remaining Union veteran. This is not only a great read for the local historian, but a great read for the Civil War buff.
The book is in very good condition, with clean, tight pages and retains its original dust jacket. The dust jacket has minor wear and ha really protected the book well. This is a nice find for the collector.