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St. Clair – A Coal Town’s Disaster-Prone Industry

| August 31, 2016

In 1987, Knopf published Anthony F. C. Wallace‘s St. Clair, A Nineteenth Century Coal Town’s Experience with a Disaster-Prone Industry.  St. Clair is located in the anthracite coal fields just a few miles north of Pottsville.  While slightly outside the geographical area covered by the Civil War Research Project, there are several interesting observations that […]

Three Men Named Lewis Kopp of Tower City Area

| August 29, 2016

There are now known to be three men named Lewis Kopp who had some connection to the Tower City area and to Civil War service. Two of them served in the Civil War and one was the son of a Civil War veteran: Lewis Kopp (or Ludwig Kopp), born about 1846 in Germany.  Served in […]

John O’Hara – Ourselves to Know

| August 26, 2016

“The late American historian Shelby Foote remarked that the following passage from Ourselves to Know [by novelist John O’Hara] is ‘…the single finest thing ever written about the Civil War.’”* A few months after the visit of the cavalrymen and a few weeks after the Fourth of July the noon train brought home two men […]

Henry B. Meffert – Grandson of Elizabethville Founder Died in Missouri

| August 24, 2016

In researching the descendants of John Bender (1780-1827), who laid out the town of Elizabethville in 1817, Henry Benjamin Meffert was discovered as a Civil War soldier who served in the 83rd Pennsylvania Infantry, Company F, as a Private and a Corporal.  Portraits of Henry B. Meffert and his wife Lydia Dell Tunks are shown […]

Descendants of John Bender, Founder of Elizabethville

| August 22, 2016

In researching Civil War soldiers with a connection to Elizabethville, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, a question was asked by Jack Richter who is researching veterans for the Elizabethville Bicentennial, whether Dr. Wilson E. Naylor, a retired dentist of Elizabethville, was related to John Bender, considered to be Elizabethville‘s founder in 1817, which he named for his […]