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Some Civil War Connections to Pillow (Part 2 of 3)

Posted By on July 22, 2015

On 4 July 2015 I gave the Keynote Speech at the Pillow Historical Society Open House, Pillow, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.  One of the parts of that talk was the identification of twenty-one Civil War veterans who had some connection to Pillow (formerly called Uniontown). Today’s post features the second seven of those men with some of the information known about them.  Most of these men have been previously featured here on this blog and links are provided to those past posts.

One posts will follow, which will present the final seven men.

The Pillow Historical Society is particularly interested in pictures of the men and their wives for an updated “veterans-of-all-wars” display that they are working on.  Where pictures of the veterans are not included in the posts in this series, it can be assumed that the Civil War Research Project has not yet obtained them – and, if any descendants of those veterans have digital images they would like to contribute for the memorial display, they can be e-mailed to the Project.  Also mentioned in the talk were two supposed veterans, one of whom has a G.A.R. marker at his grave and the other has been included because family or local tradition has stated that they had Civil War service.  For those two, confirmation of their actual Civil War service must be obtained or they will not be included in the veterans’ display.  Readers of this blog are invited to share what they know either by commenting directly to this post or sending an e-mail to the Project.


Joseph Heckart  (1 January 1838 – 30 September 1864)


Occupation:  Farmer.

Service: 208th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company E, Private.  MI: 30 August 1864.    KIA: 30 September 1864.  Killed Near Appomattox River, Virginia.

Lived near Pillow and also in Perry County before Civil War.


Buried: Union Cemetery, Jordan Township, Northumberland Co., Pennsylvania.


Michael Hetrick  (27 September 1821 – 24 July 1893)


Service: 172nd Pennsylvania Infantry, Company K, Private.  MI: 22 October 1862     MO: March 1863 on Disability.

Occupation:  Farmer and Limeburner.  Married: Rebecca Schott.  Married: Sarah K. ?

Lived in Pillow, Washington Township (Northumberland), Rebuck, Sunbury, and Lower Augusta Township.

HetrickMichael-PAVetBurialCard-001Buried: Himmel’s Cemetery, Rebuck, Northumberland Co., Pennsylvania.


Peter Klinger  (2 November 1838 – 27 May 1915)


Service: 177th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company I, Private.  MI: 2 November 1862.  MO: 5 August 1863.

Occupation:  Farmer.  Married in Pillow, died in Pillow, and buried in Pillow.  Lived in Lykens Township.  Married: Ann M. Minnich.

Buried: Grand View Cemetery, Pillow, Dauphin Co., Pennsylvania.


Benjamin Kratzer  (1841 – 4 May 1887)


Service: 9th Pennsylvania Cavalry, Company B, Private.  MI: 28 May 1864.   MO: 18 July 1865.

Occupation:  Unknown.  Widow lived in Pillow in 1890.  Married: Catherine Ann Heckert.


Died at Dauphin County Almshouse, Harrisburg, Dauphin County.  Buried: East Harrisburg Cemetery, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.

KratzerBenjamin-Patriot-1887-05-05-001Note:  Death notice (above) appeared in Harrisburg Patriot, 5 May 1887, and referred to him as “Gratzer.”


Samuel Alfred Losch  (19 December 1842 – 11 September 1900)


Service: 50th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company C, 1st Lieutenant.  MI:  9 September 1861.  Promoted to Corporal to Sergeant to 2nd Lieutenant on 17 March 1865; to 1st Lieutenant on 1 April 1865.  MO:  30 Jul 1865.

Occupation:  Boatman, Baggage Master, Clerk, and State Senator.  Born: Pillow.  Died: Atlantic City.  Married: Fidelia S. ?


Buried: Union Cemetery, Schuylkill Haven, Schuylkill Co., Pennsylvania.


Michael Messner (3 October 1842 – 11 June 1917)




Service: 172nd Pennsylvania Infantry, Company B, Private.  MI: 28 October 1862.     MO: 1 August 1863.  Service: 208th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company A, Corporal.  MI: 23 August 1864.     MO: 7 Jul 1865.  Wounded at Fort Stedman.

Occupation:  Laborer.  Lived, died and buried in Pillow.  Married: Mary Jane Nace.


Buried: Union Cemetery, Jordan Township, Northumberland Co., Pennsylvania.


George D. Moyer  (20 February 1836 – 20 November 1893)



Registered for the Draft, 1 Jul 1863, from Mifflin Township.

Service: None Found

Occupation:  Cabinet Maker.  Married: Sarah Ann Hoffman.

Buried: Grand View Cemetery, Pillow, Dauphin Co., Pennsylvania.


For regimental flag photos see:  Pennsylvania Civil War Battle Flags.  News clipping from the on-line resources of the Free Library of PhiladelphiaPennsylvania Veterans’ Burial Card from the Pennsylvania Archives via Ancestry.com.

The 3rd part of this series will follow in the days ahead.


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