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Fatal Mine Accidents at Short Mountain Colliery, 1878-1903

| April 29, 2016

Some time after 1903, the Lykens Standard responded to a request to print a list of all mine-related fatalities at the Short Mountain Colliery, Lykens, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.  Many of the men named in the fatalities list were Civil War veterans or were the sons of Civil War veterans.  The list is presented below for […]

Update on Hiram Groff – Captured at Gettysburg, Then Parolled

| April 28, 2016

On 4 November 2014, a post entitled “The Groff Brothers?  Hiram, Valentine and William,” was presented here.  Some questions were asked in that post and readers were asked to submit additional information about the men named Groff.  Note:  A prior post also discussed “Israel M. Groff and Sons – All Civil War Veterans?” The following […]

Two Tragic Veteran Deaths of 1924

| April 27, 2016

Many veterans died tragic deaths.  These two men, having lived nearly 60 years after the close of the Civil War, died in 1924, one as a result of an accident and one as a result of suicide. From the Harrisburg Evening News, 20 May 1924: Gas from an open house to which he had gone […]

Heister Clymer – White Supremacist Candidate for Governor, 1866

| April 26, 2016

Hiester Clymer (1827- 12 June 1884), a member of the Democratic Party of Pennsylvania, was a State Senator who was opposed to Lincoln and his prosecution of the Civil War.  In 1866 he ran for Governor and strongly espoused white supremacist policies. His opponent was Union General John W. Geary. According to Heister Clymer’s Wikipedia […]

Obituary of Henry Lichtley – Claimed To Be One of First Trained at Camp Curtin

| April 25, 2016

The obituary of Henry Lichtley appeared in the Harrisburg Telegraph, 31 March 1924: ONE OF FIRST MEN AT CAMP CURTIN DIES AT AGE OF 85 One of the first soldiers to be trained in the Union camp at Camp Curtin, this city [Harrisburg], during the Civil War, died last Friday in the Pottstown Hospital from […]