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The Suicide of Ben Urich – Veteran of the 127th Pennsylvania Infantry

The following story is from the Harrisburg Patriot of 22 June 1903. It describes the suicide of Civil War veteran Benjamin Urich who served in the 127th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company D, as a Private. ——————————- BEN URICH DIED BY HIS OWN HAND Familiar Character Cut His Throat at Daylight Yesterday TORE WOUND WITH HIS HAND […]

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 […]

The Yeager Family in the Civil War (Part 13)

In 1912, the Hon. James Martin Yeager wrote and published A Brief History of the Yeager, Buffington, Creighton, Jacobs, Lemon, Hoffman and Woodside Families and Their Collateral Kindred of Pennsylvania.  Yeager was formerly the President of Drew Seminary for Young Women of Carmel, New York as well as a former Member of the House of […]

May 2015 Posts

A listing of the May 2015 posts on The Civil War Blog with direct links: The Pension Fraud Case of Andrew M. Betz The Yeager Family in the Civil War (Part 1) April 2015 Posts Monuments at Gettysburg – 2nd Pennsylvania Cavalry Three Unusual Deaths of Civil War Soldiers in 1903 Monuments at Gettysburg – […]

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 […]