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Civil War Blog

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Philip C. Swab – A Grand Funeral!

| February 3, 2016

Philip C. Swab is buried at the Maple Grove Cemetery in Elizabethville, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.  During the Civil War, he served in the 208th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company A, as a Private.  He was mustered into service on 30 August 1864 and honorably discharged on 1 June 1865.  In 1870, Swab was a retail dry goods […]

Obituary of a Civil War Widow, Mrs. Joseph W. Knouff

| January 29, 2016

During the Civil War, Joseph W. Knouff served in Company H of the 130th Pennsylvania Infantry, for nine months.  He died on 10 April 1902 and is buried at the Fairview Cemetery in Enders, Dauphin County. On 21 July 1890, Joseph W. Knouff applied for a disability pension, which, according to the Pension Index Card […]

Jennie Kissinger – Buried in Her Ku Klux Klan Robes

| January 27, 2016

Today’s post will begin to document numerous instances of hate and violence in Dauphin County which occurred before, during, and after the Civil War.  This includes actions by individuals, by political parties, by social groups, and by terror groups.  A new blog topic, “Hate,” is being introduced with this post and other posts on this […]

John Gemmell, Alias Price – Not Named on Lykens G.A.R. Monument

| January 25, 2016

When John Gemmell died, his obituary that appeared in the 3 March 1903, his obituary that appeared in the Harrisburg Patriot did not mention his Civil War service. John Gemmill After an illness of only a few days John Gemmill of 323 South Fifteenth Street, died yesterday morning at 3 o’clock.  He was sixty-three years […]

John J. Swab – A Record for the Soldier Homes?

| January 22, 2016

On the 9 March 1919, the Leavenworth Post of Leavenworth, Kansas, reported on a new admission to the National Soldiers’ Home there – that of John J. Swab, indicating that he was transferred from Battle Mountain Sanitarium and stating that he had been in “nearly every other National Military Home in the United States, but […]