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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 […]

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 […]

Who Was John Lebo?

Because there were possibly six Pennsylvanian who served in the Civil War who had the name “John  Lebo,” at least two of whom were from the geographical area of this Civil War Research Project, this post intends to summarize some of the known information about the two and present some information about the other four. […]