Civil War Blog

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Civil War Ghosts

| October 31, 2011

The population of the United States was only about 30 million at the time of the Civil War.  More than a half million lost their lives in the war.  Few went off to war expecting not to return.  Many believe that ghosts of the men and women whose lives were suddenly cut short still wander […]

Veteran Killed in Railroad Wreck

| October 30, 2011

A Civil War veteran, Samuel Ruch (1846-1902), a resident of Lykens Borough, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, was killed on 20 October 1902 in a terrible train wreck that happened near the railroad yard at Wiconisco where Samuel Ruch was the yardmaster.  He was accompanying the crew of an engine when control was lost and the train […]

Elizabethville Railroad Station

| October 29, 2011

  The railroad station at Elizabethville, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, which was built about 1872, still stands today and is one of the oldest stations still in existence in central Pennsylvania.  The tracks, which once ran through this borough, were torn up in the 1970s, and a street and parking lot exists where once there was […]

98th Pennsylvania Infantry – Re-enactors

| October 28, 2011

Re-enactors from the 98th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company A, were present at the festivities at Franklin Square at Philadelphia, on 4th of July weekend, 2011. A feature of their exhibit was a typical camp “street” where soldiers lived between marches and battles. A demonstration of drilling was conducted with many visitors given the opportunity to be […]

Death of Daniel C. Hoffman

| October 27, 2011

DANIEL C. HOFFMAN (1817-1902) LYKENS — Daniel C. Hoffman of North Lykens who has been a resident of Lykens for more than 52 years, died at his home Friday last [11 April 1902], aged 84 years, 7 months and 8 days.  The funeral was held Monday, service being conducted in the U.B church by Revs. […]