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George VanHouten of New Jersey & Orwin – Widows Compete for Pension

George VanHouten was born on 25 December 1833 in Hunterdon County, New Jersey.  During the Civil War he served with the 31st New Jersey Infantry, Company D, as a Private, from about 17 September 1862 through an honorable discharge on 24 June 1863.  He died on 3 May 1892 in Hopewell, Mercer County, New Jersey, […]

Samuel H. Sharron – 1890 Millersburg Veterans’ Census, But Not Civil War?

Occasionally a post-Civil War veteran’s name appears in the 1890 Census along with regiment and dates of service. Usually though, the military service given begins late in 1865 and ends about three years later, which was the usual term of enlistment in a United States infantry regiment.  In the case of Samuel H. Sharron, who […]

Charles J. Hartleaf – “Dutch Charlie”

From the Harrisburg Telegraph of 20 May 1905, came a story of the heroic efforts of “Dutch Charlie” to save the life of an eight year old girl whose clothes were on fire: CHILD DIED OF BURNS Ruth Ellen Harvey’s Clothes Caught Fire from Flaming Refuse Ruth Ellen Harvey, aged 8, daughter of Mr. and […]

Monuments at Gettysburg – 115th Pennsylvania Infantry

The 115th Pennsylvania Infantry Monument at Gettysburg is located south of the town of Gettysburg on DeTrobriand Avenue.  It was dedicated in 1889 by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The drawing of the monument pictured above is from a Philadelphia Inquirer article of 11 September 1889. A picture of the monument can be seen on Stephen […]

Battle of New Bern, North Carolina, March 1862

The Battle of New Bern (also called New Berne) took place on 14 March 1862 along the North Carolina coastal area near the town of New Bern, North Carolina.  An armed expedition, led by Brig. Gen. Ambrose Burnside and a supporting naval force attacked a group of badly trained and equipped Confederate soldiers and local […]