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Union Cemetery, Pillow (Part 1)

| May 31, 2012

Although Pillow is located in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, the Pillow Union Cemetery is actually located on the north side of the Mahantongo Creek, which places it in Jordan Township, Northumberland County.  To locate the cemetery, head east on Market Street from the central square of Pillow, cross the small bridge for the Mahantongo Creek, and […]

Four Who Died at Antietam

| May 30, 2012

  In the post yesterday, the makeup of the Ninth Army Corps at the Battle of Antietam was discussed with Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside, in command.  It was the Ninth Army Corps that was pressing on the left side of the Army of the Potomac and it saw a great deal of action at and […]

Pennsylvanians in the Ninth Army Corps at Antietam

| May 29, 2012

The Battle of Antietam, fought on 17 September 1862, was the first major Civil War battle that was fought on Union soil (Maryland) and was also the bloodiest one-day battle in U.S. history.   Many Pennsylvanians participated in this battle and became casualties. The Ninth Army Corps, commanded by Maj. Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside consisted of […]

Memorial Day 1902

| May 28, 2012

Harvey Monroe Miller, of Elizabethville, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, was a self-educated man who was an avid reader of poetry, biographies, Biblical history, and Pennsylvania German folklore and a prolific writer of and about the same.  His primary business interests were in promoting trade in his hometown, including the luring of many businesses to the place […]

Testimony of William Withers Jr. – Lincoln Assassination Witness

| May 27, 2012

On 14 April 1865, William Withers Jr., a musician, was the orchestra leader at Ford’s Theatre.  It was the night of the assassination of Pres. Abraham Lincoln.  Withers claimed to be backstage at the time the shot was fired and during the escape of John Wilkes Booth, was cut by the assassin as he headed […]