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Civil War Ghosts

| October 31, 2013

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 […]

Williamstown G.A.R. Post Severely Rebuked for Bigotry

| October 30, 2013

An article that appeared in the Harrisburg Patriot of 18 September 1906, stated that “Mandamus is Refused in Williamstown Matter.”  The article referred to an opinion handed down by Judge George Kunkel in the matter of the School Board of Williamstown, Dauphin County, and the request of Catholic parents to allow Catholic students to be […]

Aged Widow of One-Day Civil War Veteran Died in Gratz in 1940

| October 29, 2013

The aged widow of Charles A. Coleman, Lydia Matilda Coleman, died in Gratz, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, 14 January 1940.  Charles A. Coleman reported in Harrisburg to mustered into service in the 177th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company I, on 2 November 1862, and was discharged the same day on a Surgeon’s Certificate of Disability.  There is no […]

Victorian Home: Bedrooms (Part 7)

| October 28, 2013

By the time of the Civil War the fashion in furniture had moved toward matched sets of furniture called “suites” which were sets of furniture for a room all designed together, having the same type of wood, carving, stain, shape, etc. This trend was  evident in bedrooms, where the bed, night table, chests and dressers […]

Alfred D. F. Steese – Civil War Railroad Engineer

| October 26, 2013

The obituary of Alfred David Frederick Steese appeared in the Harrisburg Patriot on 10 March 1903.  While it stated that he was active in local politics, it failed to note his role during the Civil War – that of boatman and railroad engineer, working for the United States Government.  Also, he was twice captured and […]