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Petersburg National Battlefield – Monument to the 2nd Pennsylvania Heavy Artillery at the Crater

Located at the “The Crater” at the Petersburg National Battlefield, is a monument to the 2nd Pennsylvania Heavy Artillery.  The monument is in the design of a stone podium with inscriptions on the top face and on the front side. The front face of the monument reads: Went into action 30 July 1864, 780 men […]

Joseph Albright – 131st Pennsylvania Infantry & 2nd Pennsylvania Artillery

Joseph Albright was born 6 Jul 1836 in Allentown, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, and migrated with his family to Northumberland County.  His ancestry was German, tracing back to the immigrant Christian Albright who came to Berks County in the early eighteenth century.  The family moved about in the area east of the Schuylkill River, some venturing […]

Forts and Artillery

(Part 6 of 12).  Contents of Volume V of The Photographic History of the Civil War:  Forts and Artillery. The year 1911 was the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War.  In a memorial to the war, a ten volume set of books was published entitled The Photographic History of the Civil War. […]

Obituary of George F. Rhawn, 1896

Two Harrisburg newspapers printed a brief obituary of George F. Rhawn when he died on 13 September 1896 at Halifax, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.  The first was the Harrisburg Telegraph, 14 September 1896: An Old Halifax Veteran Dead George F. Rhawn, an old Halifax war veteran, died Sunday evening at the residence of County Commissioner Isaac […]

John Powell – Killed in Powder Explosion at Kalmia Mine, 1877

John Powell, who was born in England about 1844, enrolled in the 3rd Pennsylvania Heavy Artillery on 26 January 1864 at Philadelphia.  Although the above Pennsylvania Veterans’ File Card from the Pennsylvania Archives states that he did not muster into service until a year later, other records indicate that the card is in error and […]