W.H.F. Payne was a former Civil War general who represented the 2nd North Carolina Calvary. In a 1901 issue of York Daily, he talks about becoming a prisoner of war after falling into a trough. He was a prisoner of war for six months and was first held at Fort Delaware, and then Johnson’s Island, in Lake Erie. He returned to the Confederate army after his release and ended up surviving the war.
- A nearby Union soldier helped fish him out of the trough, and the two of them entered one of the Winebrenner Tannery’s sheds for cover as the battle continued to rage along Frederick Street.
- Payne continued his vivid reminiscences of the fighting at Hanover in the May 10, 1901, issue of the York Daily, as told to York historian/correspondent George R. Prowell.
- “All right, colonel,” he said, “if I rub off the tan bark juice from your clothes you will see that I soon get paroled, won’t you.”
“In part 1 of this 2-part series, W. H. F. Payne, a former Civil War general who had served in the Gettysburg Campaign as the lieutenant colonel of the 2nd North Carolina Cavalry under J.E.B. Stuart, shared his memories of stumbling and falling into an open wooden vat of tan bark during the June 30, 1863, battle of Hanover”