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Rev. Ephraim Potts – What Was His Connection to Lykens?

Rev. Ephraim Potts was born in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, 23 May 1837.  He died in Williamsport, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, on 22 April 1904, and is buried at the Atglen Methodist Cemetery, Atglen, Chester County, Pennsylvania.  The portrait of him, shown above, is modified from one found of him on a public tree on Ancestry.com. The […]

John Gemmell, Alias Price – Not Named on Lykens G.A.R. Monument

When John Gemmell died, his obituary that appeared in the 3 March 1903, his obituary that appeared in the Harrisburg Patriot did not mention his Civil War service. John Gemmill After an illness of only a few days John Gemmill of 323 South Fifteenth Street, died yesterday morning at 3 o’clock.  He was sixty-three years […]

The Death of Capt. William H. Crook

An obituary of William H. Crook, who was born in Clark’s Ferry, appeared in the Harrisburg Telegraph on 17 January 1914: CAPTAIN CROOK, WAR VETERAN AND FORMER CITY OFFICIAL, DIES Taken Ill During Intense Heat of Gettysburg Encampment in July BIRTHDAY EVERY FOUR YEARS Captain William H. Crook, well-known Republican, a prominent Civil War veteran […]

Monuments at Gettysburg – 99th Pennsylvania Infantry

The 99th Pennsylvania Infantry Monument at Gettysburg is located at the Devils’ Den.  It was the second monument to the regiment and was erected with the funding made available in 1889 by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  The first monument, originally located at Devil’s Den in 1886, was moved to Hancock Avenue in 1889. The picture of […]

Additions to Veterans’ List – M (Part 1)

Veterans of the Civil War identified as having some connection to the Lykens Valley area and included in the Civil War Research Project was last updated 19 April 2012.  In a series of posts continuing intermittently until concluding in mid-June, a brief sketch of each of the new names added since then will be presented.  […]