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Marks Hornet – African American Soldier from Elizabethville

| April 22, 2016

In the 1860 Census of Washington Township, (Post Office Elizabethville), Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, there appears a family identified in the “Color” column as “m” for Mulatto.  The head of the family was Marks Hornet, a 38 year-old laborer.  He indicated to the census that he was born in Pennsylvania, that did not own any real […]

Elias Herber – Buried at Allentown or Red Cross?

| April 15, 2016

The Elias S. Herber who served in the 176th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company I, as a Musician, is buried at Allentown’s Fairview Cemetery, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania.  Although the grave marker reads “Herbert,” the veteran buried here was actually the one who served in both the 176th Pennsylvania Infantry and the 50th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company E.   Those […]

John H. Herring – Died in California, 1912

| April 11, 2016

John Henry Herring was living in Llewellyn, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, when he enrolled in the 50th Pennsylvania Infantry on 19 August 1961.  He was mustered into service in Company A as a Corporal on 9 September 1861, and at a date unknown was promoted to 1st Sergeant.  He remained with the regiment in that capacity […]

John J. Swab – A Record for the Soldier Homes?

| January 22, 2016

On the 9 March 1919, the Leavenworth Post of Leavenworth, Kansas, reported on a new admission to the National Soldiers’ Home there – that of John J. Swab, indicating that he was transferred from Battle Mountain Sanitarium and stating that he had been in “nearly every other National Military Home in the United States, but […]

Who Was Henry Garmer of Hebe?

| January 18, 2016

On Line No. 4 of the 1890 Veterans’ Census for Hebe, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania (above, from Ancestry.com, click on document to enlarge), there appears the name of Henry Garmer (or Henry Germer) who claimed service as an “Unassigned” soldier, a recruit, in the 3rd Pennsylvania Infantry, from 17 September 1864 through 1 November 1865.  No […]