Civil War Blog

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Was a Civil War Memorial Ever Erected at Dauphin Borough?

| March 16, 2015

  In late 1919, two newspapers reported plans to move a large boulder from Short Mountain between Lykens Township and Wiconisco Township in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, to the Borough of Dauphin, which was on the Susquehanna River just south of Halifax and just north of Harrisburg.  The idea was to create a memorial to area […]

Two Lost Men with a Lykens Township Connection

| March 3, 2015

On 23 February 1888, there appeared a letter to the editor of the National Tribune requesting information on two men who went off to war from New York City in 1862 and were never heard from again.  Included in the letter is a reference to Gratz, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, and a farmer named H. B. […]

Dr. Michael Price – Upper End Doctor, Teacher & Justice Fought for South

| February 16, 2015

An interesting obituary was located in the pages of the Harrisburg Patriot of 10 October 1895.  Previous to finding this, it was not known that the upper townships of Dauphin County had been served by a justice, a teacher, and medical doctor who was a brigade surgeon in a Confederate cavalry regiment.  Little is known […]

Who Was James W. Johnson? Died at Age 106.

| January 15, 2015

An obituary of James W. Johnson which appeared in the Harrisburg Patriot on 18 June 1910 gave the following information: Dead At Ripe Old Age of 106 Scranton, Pennsylvania, 17 June 1910 — James W. Johnson, colored, who was reputed to be 106 years old, died last night at his home in Winton.  He was […]

Civil War Veteran Burials at Oak Hill Cemetery, Millersburg (Part 4)

| January 14, 2015

Today’s post is the fourth in the series of photographs of the Civil War veteran graves at Oak Hill Cemetery, Millersburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.  It features the grave markers of ten soldiers about whom research is ongoing.  To determine the extent to which each soldier’s information has been posted on this blog, click on the […]