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Civil War Blog

A project of PA Historian

“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 […]

Different American History Books – For the North and For the South

| April 20, 2016

By 1899, Southerners were beginning to object to histories of the United States that were written by Northerners. This small note appeared in the Harrisburg Telegraph on 14 October 1899: The Confederate veterans of Virginia object to a history of the United States written by a Northern man and used as a text book in […]

“Cooking the Books” at the Gratz Historical Society

| March 18, 2016

In the post of 14 March 2016, the By-Laws of the Gratz Historical Society were discussed in relation to Annual Meetings to show how Lois Schoffstall and Charles Schoffstall took control of the Gratz Historical Society by: (1) not holding legally required Annual Meetings; (2) by carefully selecting Officers and Board members and then presenting […]

The Illegal Takeover of the Gratz Historical Society

| March 16, 2016

Today’s post presents evidence of the illegal takeover of the Gratz Historical Society by Lois Schoffstall and Charles Schoffstall.  According to the By-Laws, they they have no legal authority to operate the Society, to act or speak on behalf of the membership — in any regard.  Neither they, nor the persons who they claim have […]