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Was Preston Saltzer a Drummer Boy?

| July 2, 2014

In the Saltzer family genealogy in A Comprehensive History of the Town of Gratz Pennsylvania, published in 1987, there is a brief reference following the inclusion of the name of Preston Saltzer (15 August 1851 – 1896): Said to be a drummer boy in the Civil War. As with most stories and facts presented in […]

The Shamokin Soldiers’ Circle – The Cemetery List – Unidentified Grave Sites

| June 3, 2014

Today’s post is the second of two with updated information on the Soldiers’ Circle at the Shamokin Cemetery, Shamokin, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania. Previous posts on this blog presented photographs of each of the burial sites in the circle, many with readable stones, but some with no stones or partially readable stones.  For access to those […]

William Gratz and a Mother’s Pension

| June 1, 2014

On 14 September 1861, William Gratz (1836-1863), of western Pennsylvania, enrolled in the 74th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company I, as a Private, at Camp Wilkins, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County and the same day and place was mustered into service.  His age was given as 25, but no other distinguishing information was given about him.  The remarks at […]

The Great Shohola Train Wreck – Two Elusive Participants

| May 17, 2014

In researching the participants involved in the Great Shohola Train Wreck, the one individual who supposedly allowed the coal train to enter the main line at Lackawaxen and the other individual who supposedly was a member of the Union guard on the prisoner train, have been very difficult to locate in records not associated with […]

Joshua A. Reed – Released Prisoner Dies at Home in Barry Township

| May 9, 2014

The Pennsylvania Veterans’ Index Card for Joshua A. Reed notes that this resident of Barry Township, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, died at home during May 1865.  Other records indicate that his death was due to “effects of prison.” Joshua A. Reed was born in Barry Township about 1834, although some records indicate his birth year may […]