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96th Pennsylvania Infantry – Pennsylvania Memorial at Gettysburg

(Part  22 of an ongoing series on the Battle of Gettysburg).  Around the base of the Pennsylvania Memorial at Gettysburg are a series of plaques which, by regiment and company, note the names of every soldier who was present at the Battle of Gettysburg.  This post will present the plaque recognizing the men who served […]

Capt. Richard Budd – 96th Pennsylvania Infantry

Capt. Richard Budd, a lumberman from Williamstown, Pennsylvania, was born in Queen’s County, Ireland, 1 April 1832, the son Benjamin Budd and Mary [Larns] Budd.  When Richard was seven years old, his father died and the family farm was sold to an English lord.  In 1840, Richard’s mother decided to emigrate to America.  Sailing from […]

Sgt. William Henry – 96th Pennsylvania Infantry

Daniel Henry, whose father and uncles took part in the war for independence, was born in Reading in the last quarter of the18th century.  When Pottsville was laid out, he as a carpenter, moved there, and on 9 January 1825, his son, William Henry was born. William Henry‘s mother died when he was eleven years […]

Corp. John C. Gratz – 96th Pennsylvania Infantry

(Part 3 of 4).  The 96th Pennsylvania Infantry was organized at Pottsville, Schuylkill Co., Pennsylvania.  It was mustered into service between the 23 and 30 September 1861 for a three year term. This post focuses on the service of John C. Gratz in that regiment, and of his friend Henry Keiser who served with him. […]

Benneville Hoyer – Amputee Charged with Selling Liquor Without a License

On 17 January 1891, it was reported in the Harrisburg Patriot that “the grand jury [Dauphin County, Pennsylvania] returned the following true bills….  Benneville Hoyer selling liquor without a license….  These bills were ignored…. Benneville Hoyer, selling liquor to minors.”  What was not stated in the article was that Benneville Hoyer was a Civil War […]