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Two Lost Men with a Lykens Township Connection

| March 3, 2015

On 23 February 1888, there appeared a letter to the editor of the National Tribune requesting information on two men who went off to war from New York City in 1862 and were never heard from again.  Included in the letter is a reference to Gratz, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, and a farmer named H. B. […]

James P. Wilson – 2nd United States Colored Troops

| February 24, 2015

A news story that appeared in the Harrisburg Patriot on 15 April 1907 told of the untimely death of a Civil War veteran, James P. Wilson: COLORED VETERAN FALLS FROM TRAIN AND DIES OF INJURY By Associated Press to the Patriot Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, 14 April 1907 — James Wilson, colored, a veteran of the Civil […]

Philatelic Commemorations of the Lincoln Assassination

| February 23, 2015

The first postal commemoration of the death of Abraham Lincoln was a black, fifteen cent stamp issued on the first anniversary of the assassination, April 1866.  That stamp was described in a previous blog post entitled Early Postage Stamps Honoring Abraham Lincoln. Beginning with the Civil War Centennial, 1961-1965, there was an increase in the […]

Obituary of Frank N. Douden of Millersburg

| February 20, 2015

On 23 March 1917 a brief obituary appeared in the Harrisburg Patriot noting the death of a prominent businessman of Millersburg, Frank N. Douden.  Although the obituary gave his middle initial as “S,” it is the same person who served in the Civil War in Company G of the 96th Pennsylvania Infantry. Frank S. Douden […]

William T. Harley – Driver for Gov. Curtin, War Veteran & Barber

| February 18, 2015

The obituary of Billy Harley appeared in the Harrisburg Patriot on 6 August 1904: DEATH TOOK OLD DRIVER FOR GOVERNOR CURTIN Special Despatch to the Patriot Middletown, Pennsylvania — 4 August 1904  William T. Harley, a picturesque character of this place and a veteran of the Civil War and at one time driver for the […]