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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 […]

Moses Nutt – Forgeman and Farmer

Moses Nutt died on 5 March 1891 in Lykens, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.  His funeral was conducted from St. John’s Lutheran Church at that place and he was buried in the Lykens Cemetery. According to information found in the church book, Moses was born in Speedwell, New Jersey, on 17 October 1814, the son of John […]

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 […]