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The Draft of 1861 and the Second Amendment

| December 30, 2015

Further proof that the Second Amendment originally applied specifically to a “well regulated militia” and not individuals collecting personal arsenals of unregulated weapons for their own protection and defense, is found in an explanation of the Pennsylvania Draft of 1861 as it was presented to the public in an article appearing in the Reading Times, […]

Christmas and the Spirit of Giving

| December 25, 2015

In this Christmas season, don’t forget to reward your local historical society with a tax-deductible gift.  That gift can either be monetary, goods, or services. To determine whether a historical society is a legitimate 501(c)3 organization, properly registered with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the IRS provides current, on-line information about each group in this […]

The Tragic Death of Frank Fenstermacher, 1879

| November 25, 2015

Frank Fenstermacher is buried at Charles Evans Cemetery in Reading.  According to information available in the Civil War records, he served honorably in the 50th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company C, as a Private, but he was not on the muster out roll of the company in 1865.  However, according to his pension application and soldiers’ home […]

The Yeager Family in the Civil War (Part 7)

| June 8, 2015

In 1912, the Hon. James Martin Yeager wrote and published A Brief History of the Yeager, Buffington, Creighton, Jacobs, Lemon, Hoffman and Woodside Families and Their Collateral Kindred of Pennsylvania.  Yeager was formerly the President of Drew Seminary for Young Women of Carmel, New York as well as a former Member of the House of […]

Poems of the Civil War – Memorial Day 2015

| May 25, 2015

For Memorial Day, 2015 —   OVER THEIR GRAVES Henry Jerome Stockard (1858-1914) Over their graves rang once the bugle’s call, The searching shrapnel and the crashing ball; The shriek, the shock of battle, and the neigh Of horse; the cries of anguish and dismay; And the loud cannon’s thunders that appall. Now through the […]