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Events of the World: July 1863

| July 31, 2013

July 1. The U.S. Post Office begins  free city delivery for  49 of the country’s largest cities. By 1890, 454 post offices were delivering mail to residents of United States cities. It was not until the turn of the century, however, that free delivery came to farmers and other rural residents. July1. Slavery is abolished in […]

Civil War Poem

| July 29, 2013

When the guns ceased firing and Fort Sumter surrendered to its Southern attackers in April 1861, a “war-footing” began as hundreds of thousands of men, North and South, patriotically enlisted for their respective causes. In Pennsylvania, dozens of militia units formed with those already in existence to form regiments destined to participate in civil war. […]

Jacob B. Lehman Gives Soldier Coat to Purchase Church Building Materials

| July 26, 2013

Jacob B. Lehman was born in Mifflin Township, Dauphin County, Pennsyvlania, 15 November 1822 and died in Lykens, Dauphin County, on 9 September 1892.  He is buried in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Lykens. A “Memorial” to him was located in the records of the Evangelical United Brethren Church of Lykens.  In the “Memorial” it is […]

The Military Service of Joseph Cameron

| July 24, 2013

During the past month, the following inquiry was one of many received from researchers trying to learn more about Civil War soldiers who were members of their family: I have been searching online for more information regarding a relative that was in the 68th [68th Pennsylvania Infantry] and came across your informative site.  My relatives […]

Victorian Home: Garden (Part 5)

| July 23, 2013

In comparison with the average contemporary garden, the biggest difference a mid-nineteenth century gardener would notice about our yards and gardens is the relative lack of edible plants. Households grew more fruits, fruit and nut trees, vegetables, herbs and edible flowers than we do now. This was often a practical necessity to provide supplemental food […]