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Civil War Blog

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Couple Married at Ku Klux Klan Meeting in Hebe

| April 11, 2017

This post is a continuation of the reporting on hate groups that were active in the Lykens Valley area in the years following the Civil War.  It was a widely known fact that the third iteration of the Ku Klux Klan had a significant presence in the Lykens Valley and adjacent valleys during the early […]

General Strike!

| February 17, 2017

No new post today in solidarity with the National General Strike and the General Strike! Philadelphia.

Reflection on the Victory of John W. Geary Over the White Supremacist Heister Clymer

| September 27, 2016

An editorial from the Harrisburg Telegraph, 15 October 1866, on the election of John W. Geary as Governor of Pennsylvania, over the avowed white supremacist Hiester Clymer: THE GOVERNOR ELECT There has never been a man elected Governor of Pennsylvania who as fairly earned the position as has John W. Geary.  We do not pretend […]

“It would have been better if Mr. Ryan had not seized the pistol….”

| July 8, 2016

On 14 March 1901, a Civil War veteran, Charles W. Ryan was shot and killed during a robbery at the Halifax National Bank in Halifax, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, by one of the two men committing that robbery.  Ryan, who was serving as cashier at the bank, was also one of the bank’s founding shareholder members.  […]

Edward Crabb – Victim of Bigotry in Gratz

| July 1, 2016

Another Memorial Day has gone by and the grave of Edward Crabb, an African American Civil War soldier buried in Gratz Union Cemetery, continues to be un-decorated [no G.A.R.-Star-Flag-Holder and Flag].  In addition to being un-decorated, the Crabb family plot is one of the worst maintained in a cemetery which is known for its manicured […]