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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 […]

Monuments at Gettysburg – 27th Pennsylvania Infantry

The 27th Pennsylvania Infantry Monument at Gettysburg is located southeast of Gettysburg on East Cemetery Hill.  The monument was dedicated in 1889 by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and was the second monument to the regiment that was placed at Gettysburg.  The above drawing appeared with an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer on 11 September 1889 on […]

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 […]

Pvt. Thomas J. Tobias – 27th Pennsylvania Infantry (Militia of 1863)

Thomas Jefferson “T.J.” Tobias was born about 1846 near Branch Township, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, the son of Daniel Tobias (1792-1879) and Catherine [Hoffa] Tobias (1800-1896).  He had three older brothers, John Tobias, born about 1821, Daniel Tobias, born about 1843, and Samuel Tobias, born about 1844.  The father, Daniel Tobias, was a tavern keeper and […]