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Why Does Jacob Umholtz Have a G.A.R. Marker at His Grave in Gratz?

| November 13, 2017

The photo above was recently taken at the Gratz Union Cemetery, Gratz, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, of the grave of Jacob Umholtz, who was born 18 March 1824 in Lykens Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, the son of Johannes “John” Umholtz (1796-1853) and Catherine [Harmon] Umholtz (1795-1880).  Next to the grave marker is a G.A.R. Star-Flag Holder […]

Joel Veatch – Right Arm Shot Off at Elbow

| November 1, 2017

Joel Veatch was living in Williams Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, in 1890 and at that time he reported to the census that he was a Civil War veteran and that he incurred a disability as result of his service – his right arm was shot off at the elbow. The Pennsylvania Veterans’ File Card, shown […]

Samuel Trump – Boatman and 7th Pennsylvania Cavalry

| October 20, 2017

On 15 October 1861, Samuel Trump, claiming to be 27 years old (born about 1834), enlisted in the 7th Pennsylvania Cavalry, Company F, at Schuylkill Haven, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania.  On 7 November 1861, he was mustered into service as a Private at Harrisburg.  According to the Pennsylvania Veterans’ File Card, shown above from the Pennsylvania […]

Another Martin Troutman Mystery

| October 11, 2017

Previously on this blog, the question was asked whether Martin Troutman who was listed as a deserter in 1863 from a Pennsylvania militia regiment, died in the war.  That post produced two detailed responses.  See:  Did Martin Troutman Who Deserted in 1863 Die in the War? and comments following. The card above from the Pennsylvania […]

Did Martin Troutman Who Deserted in 1863 Die in the War?

| October 6, 2017

The file card from the Pennsylvania Archives (shown above) notes that a Martin Troutman, age 22 (born about 1841) enrolled in the 26th Pennsylvania Infantry (Emergency of 1863), Company D, as a Corporal, at Lykens, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, on 15 June 1863, was mustered into service on 18 June 1863 at Harrisburg, and then deserted […]