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Events of the World: Feb 1863

| February 28, 2013

February 1863 February 2: American writer Samuel Clemens begins using the pen name “Mark Twain” for the first time February 7: The HMS Orpheus (built 1860) sinks attempting to enter Manukau Harbor, which was not in its intended route. The ship was behind schedule and attempted to take a short cut  while delivering supplies for […]

Pope Pius IX – The Vatican, Lincoln and the Civil War

| February 27, 2013

With the recent resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, amid controversy and speculation, another historical time period and another papacy is brought to mind, that of Pope Pius IX, the longest reigning pontiff in the history of the Roman Catholic Church (1846-1878), and the pope who was the contemporary of Abraham Lincoln.  Pius IX was the […]

The “Colored” G.A.R. Posts of Pennsylvania

| February 26, 2013

In an essay entitled, “Sites of Memory, Sites of Glory: African American Grand Army of the Republic Posts in Pennsylvania,” Barbara A. Gannon presents a list of those posts, which includes the Stevens Post in Harrisburg, previously discussed here on this blog in a connection to Gratz native, John Peter Crabb, who for a time […]

News of the Day: February 25, 1862

| February 25, 2013

  Here is something a little different: news of the day from 151 years ago relating to the Lykens Valley area. The news comes from the Pennsylvania Daily Telegraph of Harrisburg, PA. According to Luther Reily Kelker’s History of Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, published in 1907, the Pennsylvania Telegraph was first published in 1831 by Theophilus […]

Four Men Named Henry Zerby

| February 24, 2013

Four men named Henry Zerby (or Henry Zerbe) have been found in Pennsylvania Civil War Regiments.  This post will have as its primary purpose to note the ways to differentiate them as well as point out some of the unresolved conflicts in the records. ——————————- HENRY ZERBY (c. 1829 – 1919) Henry Zerby who is […]