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Henry B. Miller of Tremont – 50th Pennsylvania Infantry

Henry Barry Miller was born on 1 October 1840 and died on 5 April 1923.  He is buried at the Arlington Cemetery, Upper Darby, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, and at the grave site, there is a bronze emblem designating his Civil War service.  Records show that at the time he enlisted, he was a resident of […]

A History of the 150th Pennsylvania Infantry – Including Reports of a “Bucktail” from Killinger

Today’s post features an 1895 history of a Civil War regiment formed of men including Henry M. Kieffer, who was living in Killinger, Upper Paxton Township, Dauphin County, in 1860, and was the son of Dr. Ephraim Kieffer, a pastor of St. David’s Reformed Church in that place during most of the years of the […]

Monuments at Gettysburg – 150th Pennsylvania Infantry

The 150th Pennsylvania Infantry Monument at Gettysburg is located west of the town of Gettysburg on Stone Avenue.  It was dedicated in 1889 by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and is the second monument to this regiment at Gettysburg;  the first monument is located on Hancock Avenue and was dedicated in 1888 by the regiment’s survivors. […]

Edward Thomas – 50th Pennsylvania Infantry

On 1 April 1872, Edward Thomas of Gratz, was killed at the colliery at Short Mountain, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, by a “fall of rock.”  His body was recovered and he was buried at Gratz Union Cemetery (then called Simeon’s Cemetery).  He was exactly 32 years old at the time of his death.  A G.A.R. star-flag […]

Jacob Scheck – German Immigrant in the 50th Pennsylvania Infantry

Jacob Scheck of Tremont, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, was a German immigrant who arrived in America before the Civil War with his parents.  His father, George Scheck was a master mason and the family appears in the 1860 census for Pine Grove, Schuylkill County.  In 1860, Jacob was working as a boatman on the Schuylkill Canal […]