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Henry A. Higgins – 173rd Pennsylvania Infantry

The name Henry A. Higgins appears on the Lykens G.A.R. Monument as a Private who was not a member of the Heilner Post.  Finding information about many of the Civil War soldiers who are named on the Lykens plaque is often difficult owing to common names, spelling variations, and the fact that many died early […]

John P. Hocker – 173rd Pennsylvania Infantry

“Public Notice – Notice is hereby given that letters of administration on the estate of Peter Hocker, late of Middle Township, Dauphin County, deceased, have been granted….”   Thus began a legal item that appeared in the Harrisburg Patriot, 18 January 1866. The story behind the notice was found in the Commemorative Biographical Encyclopedia of […]

Elias Geist Morgan – 48th Pennsylvania Infantry

Elias Geist Morgan was born on 10 May 1842 in Upper Mahantongo Township, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania.  He was the son of Samuel Morgan (1812-1897) and Abolina [Geist] Morgan (1816-1890). On 9 March 1865, Elias Morgan enrolled in the 48th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company D, at Philadelphia and was mustered into service the same day as a […]

Some Pine Grove Area Veterans – Surnames Beginning with “N”

George Nagle, born about 1824, enrolled in the 96th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company B, as a Private at Pottsville, on 23 September 1861.  He died at Washington, D.C., on 9 January 1864 of typho-malarial fever.  His widow, Lucinda [Martz] Nagle applied for pension benefits based on his service, which she received.  Fold3 has posted 27 pages […]

Who is Sgt. Philip Kline who is Named on the Lykens G.A.R. Monument?

The name “Philip Kline” appears on the Lykens G.A.R. Monument as a Sergeant who was not a member of the Heilner Post.  Who was this Philip Kline?  There are several persons who are possible matches, but only one has been found so far who is a strong possibility of being the right one. Philip Melanchton Kline […]