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Henry A. Martz – Lifelong Railroad Man, Served in 127th Pennsylvania Infantry

Henry A. Martz was born 11 December 1831 in Elizabethville, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, the son of Daniel Martz (1810-1844) and Hannah [Buffington] Martz (1812-1897). His name appears on the Lykens G.A.R. Monument as a Private who joined the Heilner Post after its organization. The obituary of Henry A. Martz appeared in the Lykens Standard, 12 […]

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 […]

Joseph H. Miller – Boatman of Millersburg, Local G.A.R. Charter Member

Joseph H.Miller died on 23 Apr 1910 and is buried in Oak Hill Cemetery, Millersburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. On the day of his death, the Harrisburg Telegraph published his obituary: Aged Veteran Dies at Millersburg Home Special to the Telegraph Millersburg, 23 April 1910 — Joseph Miller, a veteran of the Civil War, died at […]

Henry Lebo – Killed at Five Forks, Virginia, 1865

Henry Lebo was first identified as a Civil War veteran through a brief statement found on page 328 of the Gratz history:  “Henry [Lebo] b 1841, killed while serving in the Civil War.” Henry was the youngest son of George Lebo (1790-1844) and his second wife Lydia. Three Pennsylvania Veterans’ Index Cards were located at […]