Civil War Blog

A project of PA Historian

John Kerstetter – Died of Disease in Tennessee, 1864

John Kerstetter was born 16 February 1839 in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, the son of Michael Kerstetter, a farmer and laborer, and Elizabeth [Martz] Kerstetter.  The family lived in Coal Township in 1840, 1850, and 1860. On 30 September 1861, at Lykens, John enrolled in the 9th Pennsylvania Cavalry, and was mustered into Company B as […]

Two Men Named George Hinkle

Two men named George Hinkle, both associated with the Lykens Valley area of Pennsylvania, saw Civil War service.  They can be differentiated by their middle initial and regiment/company of service.  It does not appear that they are closely related, although additional research could prove otherwise. George W. Hinkle (1843-1878) George W. Hinkle is buried at […]

Henry H. Weaver – Died in War at Jeffersonville, Indiana

Henry H. Weaver is buried at David’s Cemetery, Killinger, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.  He died in late 1861 or early 1862 at Jeffersonville, Indiana, of disease, presumably “congestion of the lungs.” From the Diary of William Thomas, of Lykens Borough, who also served in the 9th Pennsylvania Cavalry, Company B, with Weaver, which was compiled by […]

What Ever Happened to Henry Dietrich of Millersburg?

Henry Dietrich (or Dietrick), who was born about 1836, was previously mentioned in a post here on 21 April 2012 as a discovered addition to the Civil War Research Project.  Since that time, one error was discovered in that prior post. The Henry Dietrich who was married to Bridget was not the same person who […]

Charles T. Dechant – Post Charter Member Not Named on Millersburg G.A.R. Monument?

A few years back it was suggested here on this blog that the 126 Civil War veterans who are named on the Millersburg Soldier Monument represent only a small fraction of those having a connection to Millersburg and Upper Paxton Township who actually served honorably in the Civil War.  As new names are discovered of […]