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John Orth – German Immigrant in the 127th Pennsylvania Infantry

In 1910, John Orth, an immigrant from Germany, was living in the household of his son, Jacob A. Orth, in Lebanon, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania.  At that time, John, a widower, was living on his Civil War pension, which was referred to in the census as “own income.”  The son was a bookkeeper and the household […]

Five War Veterans Who Died in 1919

Daniel Ginter was born 24 June 1840 and died on 10 December 1919.  During the Civil War he served with the 194th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company C, as a Private, from 18 July 1864 through 6 November 1864.  On 16 February 1895, he applied for a pension, which he received and collected until his death.  Ne […]

Obituary of Peter A. Campbell of Millersburg

The death of Peter A. Campbell was noted in the Harrisburg Patriot on 8 July 1919: OLD PONY MAIL RIDER DIES AT MILLERSBURG Millersburg, 7 July 1919 — Peter A. Campbell, the oldest native-born resident of this place, and one of the Government’s pony mail riders between here and Sunbury years ago, died at his […]

The Death of Isaac Umholtz at Five Forks, Virginia

Isaac Umholtz of Gratz and Lykens Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, was only 17 years old when he enrolled in the 127th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company D, as a Private on 9 August 1862, although he claimed his age was 21.  His older brother Emanuel Umholtz stayed at home on the family farm helping the father, Samuel […]

Samuel N. Wells – Halifax Native, Steelton G.A.R. Post Commander

On 17 May 1913 in its section on “News of Steelton,” the Harrisburg Patriot reported the death of Samuel N. Wells, a prominent G.A.R. official of that borough.  The obituary stated that Wells was born in Halifax, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.  Previously, this was not known and Wells had not been included in the Civil War […]