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Theodore Jury – Tool Maker of Millersburg

| November 30, 2013

Theodore Jury, born 9 March 1844, at Millersburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, was the first son of Samuel Jury and his wife Mary Ann [Gray] Jury.  He is described as having gray eyes, light hair, light complexion and was five feet seven inches tall in 1864 at age 19  He was a tool dresser/blacksmith. He is […]

Over the River and Through the Wood

| November 28, 2013

“Over the River and Through the Wood” was originally written as a 6-verse poem in 1844 by abolitionist and Indian-rights advocate Lydia Maria Child (1802-1880).  The poem is about Thanksgiving, not about Christmas, which it has generally come to be known today through popular song. For a brief story about the activism of Lydia Maria […]

Capt. Jacob F. Hoffman – Merchant

| November 26, 2013

Capt. Jacob F. Hoffman was the brother of Medal of Honor recipient Thomas W. Hoffman.  He was born in Lykens Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania on 25 December 1841, and was one of six Hoffman brothers who served in the Civil War.  For a time, he was a merchant in Pillow and Berrysburg in Dauphin County.  […]

New Web Site for Pennsylvania Civil War Flags

| November 23, 2013

Recently, an e-mail was received from Jason Wilson, Historian at the Pennsylvania Capitol Preservation Committee, informing The Civil War Blog of a new stand-alone site for Pennsylvania’s Civil War Flags.  The site is more user-friendly and searchable than the previous web pages which were part of the Capitol Preservation Committee web site. Go directly to […]

Obituary of Francis Wyeth of Harrisburg – Hospital Commissioner During Civil War

| November 21, 2013

The obituary of Francis Wyeth of Harrisburg appeared in the Harrisburg Patriot on 3 July 1893.  The second Mrs. Wyeth, who survived him, was the sister of Ann Ellen Carson who was the widow of Theodore Gratz, the first mayor of Gratz, Pennsylvania, and the mother of John Carson Gratz, who died during the Civil […]