;

Civil War Blog

A project of PA Historian

Samuel Mumma or Samuel Mummy? – Confusion Over Ancestry of Lykens Veteran

| April 10, 2017

According to information on his grave marker in the Odd Fellows’ Cemetery in Lykens, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, Samuel Mumma was born on 12 October 1822 and died on 12 September 1870.  The marker does not indicate that he was a Civil War veteran, but his Findagrave Memorial notes that he served in the 26th Pennsylvania […]

William Murphy of Tremont – Immigrant, Died at Vet Home in Virginia

| April 7, 2017

William D. Murphy, or William Murphy II as he is found in some records, was born in August 1844 in Ireland.  According to information in the 1900 census, he came to America in 1862, during the Civil War.  He married Hannah Grant some time prior to emigrating and they began a family in Ireland, which […]

Was Charles Meckenstorm of Tremont a Deserter?

| April 5, 2017

Sometimes men who are reported as deserters in the Civil War records were not actually deserters but died in the war, their deaths being unexplained or unreported.  Was this the case with Charles Meckenstorm? The Pennsylvania Veterans’ File Card from the Pennsylvania Archives (shown above) indicates that a Charles Meckenstorm enrolled on 14 August 1861 […]

Information Sought on Isaac B. Moyer, Buried at Hoffman Cemetery

| March 20, 2017

A government-issue gravestone marks the burial place of Isaac B. Moyer at the St. Peter (Hoffman) Church Cemetery, Lykens Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. The stone notes his service in the 49th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company I.  Also at the grave site is a bronze G.A.R.-star-flag-holder. A copy of the file card with information regarding the granting […]

William B. Mayberry – Emergency Man from Tremont

| March 13, 2017

William B. Mayberry answered the militia call of the emergency of 1862 by enrolling in the 17th Pennsylvania Infantry (Emergency of 1861) at Tremont, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, where he was mustered into service as a Corporal.  He gave his age at the time as 32 (born about 1830).  He was discharged from service on 26 […]