Civil War Blog

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John Peter Crabb – A Third Party Slate of Candidates?

| May 31, 2016

John Peter Crabb, Civil War veteran and native of Gratz, Pennsylvania, moved to Harrisburg after the Civil War, where he became a founder and Commander of Stevens Post No. 520, G.A.R. and was very active in Republican Party politics. He was previously profiled here, and last week a blog post told of a fair held […]

Some Mishaps Involving Civil War Veterans in 1917

| May 30, 2016

The following are some mishaps which occurred in 1917 involving Civil War veterans and their families. ————————— From the Harrisburg Telegraph, 14 March 1917: Stricken With Paralysis While Top of Tree Columbia, Pennsylvania, 14 March 1917 — William T. Strauss, Civil War veteran, and a former borough engineer, was stricken by apoplexy while on top […]

Remembering Wiconisco’s Civil War Soldiers – Cemetery Tour – Sunday, 29 May 2016

| May 27, 2016

  An invitation from Jake Wynn…. Join local historian Jake Wynn at Calvary United Methodist Cemetery in Wiconisco on Sunday, May 29 at 7 PM for a memorial program commemorating the incredible lives of the region’s Civil War veterans. This hour-long program will bring visitors into the oldest sections of the cemetery and highlight the stories […]

Orton F. Ingersoll – Brother-In-Law of Lykens Valley Medal of Honor Recipient

| May 26, 2016

The first wife of Thomas W. Hoffman (1839-1905) was Sallie Shindel, who was born in Gratz in 1941 and died in Mount Carmel, Northumberland County, on 26 April 1890.  The couple had at least 3 children together.  After Sallie died, Thomas W. Hoffman moved to Scranton, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, where he lived with his second […]

Francis Wade Hughes of Pottsville – Confederate Sympathizer?

| May 25, 2016

Francis Wade Hughes (1817-1885) was an attorney in Pottsville at the time of the Civil War and the leader of the county Democratic Party.  A nephew of his, John Hughes, was considered the most famous of all Schuylkill Countians who joined the Confederate war effort.  According to information found in an article that appeared in […]