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Benjamin Kratzer – Veteran Dies in Dauphin County Almshouse

| October 24, 2014

A brief death notice appeared in the Harrisburg Patriot on 5 May 1887: His Name Only Known. Benjamin Gratzer, who died at the county almshouse on Monday night, and late a member of Company B, Ninth Pennsylvania Cavalry [9th Pennsylvania Cavalry]. will be buried this afternoon from the undertaking establishment of E. F. Neely, under […]

Jonathan J. Hoke – Shoemaker of Elizabethville

| October 22, 2014

The shoemaker, Jonathan J. Hoke (1825-1903) is buried at Matter’s Church Cemetery, Elizabethville, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.  At his grave, there is a G.A.R. star-flag holder.  The photograph (above) is linked to the Findagrave Memorial for Jonathan J. Hoke.  In a recent visit to the Matter’s Church Cemetery, a photograph was taken for the Civil War […]

Rev. James A. Stokes – African American with the 9th Pennsylvania Cavalry?

| September 17, 2014

In searching post-Civil War newspapers for information about reunions, encampments and obituaries of veterans of the 9th Pennsylvania Cavalry, a surprising story was found in the Harrisburg Patriot of 1 February 1905: In Pastor’s Honor. Aa [sic] testimonial will be tendered to Rev. James A. Stokes by his daughter, Mrs. Clara Smith, on Friday evening, […]

Samuel P. Klinger – Farmer of Northumberland County

| September 7, 2014

Previously, two men named Samuel Klinger had been identified to be included in the Civil War Research Project.  In researching Samuel P. Klinger of Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, who was born on 16 September 1824 and died 4 February 1903, it was discovered that he was also a Civil War veteran – thus bringing the total […]

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 […]