Civil War Blog

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William Lebo – Medical Doctor at Hegins

| November 16, 2016

The photograph shows Dr. William C. Lebo working on a cadaver while a student at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, some time after the Civil War.  In the 1870 census of Gratz Borough, Dauphin County, he indicated he was a medical student and was living in the household of his brother-in-law, Henry R. Lehr, who […]

Who Was Jane McGuire, Widow of Tremont?

| November 9, 2016

The 1890 Veterans’ Census for Tremont, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania (shown above), indicates that a Jane McGuire, a widow, lived at that place.  She reported that her deceased husband, Thomas McGuire (or Thomas Maguire), was a Civil War veteran , Private of the 39th Pennsylvania Infantry (Emergency of 1863), Company D. An index card was located […]

Fake Lincoln Photos – Lincoln with the 5th New York Cavalry

| November 2, 2016

The photograph shown above was purportedly taken by O. Pierre Havens of Ossining, New York in either 1862 or 1863, of the camp of the 5th New York Cavalry.  In the center of the picture, seated, is a man wearing a top hat.  While many people have concluded that the man is Abraham Lincoln, Stefan […]

Who Was William M. Leebrick of Halifax?

| October 3, 2016

In the list of Civil War veterans which was published in the Halifax Area Bicentennial Book in 1994, there is the name William Leebrick.  Not much is known about him other than he was credited with Civil War service.  He is not found in any Halifax area cemeteries. In the Pennsylvania Veterans’ Card File, found […]

Amos Rumberger – Served at End of War in 9th Pennsylvania Cavalry

| September 23, 2016

Amos Rumberger died on 21 June 1892.  He is buried at the Church of God Cemetery in Valley View, Hegins Township, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania.  His stone identifies him as a Civil War veteran of the 9th Pennsylvania Cavalry, and at his grave is an appropriate bronze G.A.R. star-flag holder. Amos Rumberger was born in Lykens […]