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Events of the World: Sept 1863

| September 30, 2013

September 10. George Bizet’s opera “Les Pêcheurs de Perles,” premieres in Paris. Set in ancient times on the island of Ceylon, the opera tells the story of how two men’s vow of eternal friendship is threatened by their love for the same woman, whose own dilemma is the conflict between secular love and her sacred oath as […]

A Tribute to Riley Bressler

| September 28, 2013

At the time of his death in December 1899,  the Lykens Register paid a tribute to Riley Bressler, a Civil War veteran: BIOGRAPHY OF RILEY BRESSLER A man of so excellent a type and possessed of rare business methods which made him so successful in life is the late Riley Bressler of Tower City needs […]

Henry S. Huidekoper – Medal of Honor Recipient and Advocate for Veterans

| September 26, 2013

    On the day of the armistice ending World War I, 11 November 1918, there appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer the announcement of the death of Gen. Henry Shippen Huidekoper: Death of General Huidekoper General Huidekoper was perhaps the senior surviving officer of those who fought on either side at Gettysburg 55 years ago. […]

Miscellaneous News Briefs from Area Newspapers – 1922, 1931, and 1943

| September 24, 2013

Three news briefs from local area newspapers are presented here to show how the impact of the Civil War lasted well into the 20th Century. —————————– From the Harrisburg Telegraph of 3 February 1922: —————————— PLAN MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR THE DEAD Members of Post 58, G.A.R., Will Meet at Headquarters Memorial services for eighteen comrades […]

Lydia McColly Snyder – Widow of James Snyder

| September 21, 2013

Lydia [McColly} Snyder was the widow of Civil War soldier James Snyder (1830-1903) who served in the 210th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company A, as a Private.  Lydia was born on 23 June 1834, the daughter of Robert McColly (or McCully) and Anna Catharine [Lubold] McColly.  Lydia’s maternal grandmother was Elizabeth [Buffington] Lubold, the daughter of Revolutionary […]