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Events of the World: December 1864

| December 31, 2014

December 1. The Great Fire of Brisbane  swept through the central parts of Brisbane in the Colony of Queensland (now a state of Australia). For two and a half hours the fire burned out of control in large parts of Brisbane’s central business district with entire blocks being destroyed. The fire  consumed 50 houses, 2 banks, 3 […]

Some African Americans with Civil War Connections Who Died in 1910

| December 30, 2014

The obituaries of four men who died in 1910 in Harrisburg provide an opportunity for further research for someone interested in the role played by African Americans in the Civil War.  Presented here are: (1) Edward Lowery; (2) Eli Gray; (3) William H. Harris; and (4) Gideon Williams. —————————- From the Harrisburg Patriot, 6 June […]

Monuments at Gettysburg – 83rd Pennsylvania Infantry

| December 29, 2014

The 83rd Pennsylvania Infantry Monument at Gettysburg is located south of the town of Gettysburg south of Little Round Top close to Sykes Avenue.  It was dedicated in 1889 by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  The above drawing of the monument appeared in an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer on 11 September 1889. See Steven Recker’s […]

Obituary of Aunty Jackson, Matron at Camp Curtin

| December 28, 2014

The obituary of Eliza Kling Jackson, also known as “Aunty” Jackson, was printed in the 21 January 1905 edition of the Harrisburg Patriot: MATRON AT CAMP CURTIN “Aunty” Jackson, Picturesque Character, Succumbed Aged 85 Years DEATH DUE TO PNEUMONIA Resided Here for several Scores of Years and Formerly Kept a Notion Store Mrs. Eliza Kling […]

Best of 2014 – The Shamokin Soldiers’ Circle

| December 27, 2014

The Shamokin Soldiers’ Circle is a burial area for Civil War Soldiers in the Shamokin Cemetery, Shamokin, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania.  With the help of Sam Kerstetter of Gratz (formerly of Shamokin), the circle was photographed and mapped.  This resulted in the following posts in 2014 (click on title to go to post): G.A.R. Soldiers’ Circle […]