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Robert McClelland, Miner of Tremont – Died at Beaufort, South Carolina, 1862

| January 20, 2017

On 19 August 1861, Robert McClelland, age 32, enrolled in the 50th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company A, at Tremont, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania.  At the time, he was a coal miner whose residence was Tremont.  Other sources note that he was married and had five living children when he enrolled, the youngest, Eleanor McClelland, just born less […]

Best of 2016 – Sarah Klinger – Civil War Widow Bludgeoned to Death in 1906

| January 18, 2017

Through the pages of newspapers of the time, this horrendous murder story will be told.  Sarah Ann [Reed] Klinger, a widow of a Civil War veteran and a pensioner, was brutally murdered in her home near Shamokin, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, on 21 November 1906. Jacob Klinger was born on 3 April 1843 in Lower Mahantongo […]

Who Was John McCurtin Who Enrolled at Berrysburg then Deserted in Indiana?

| January 16, 2017

The Pennsylvania Veterans’ File Card for John McCurtin (shown above from the Pennsylvania Archives), indicates that a 45 year old John McCurtin, enlisted at Berrysburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania on 25 September 1861, in the 9th Pennsylvania Cavalry, Company B.  At the time, he indicated that he resided in Dauphin County and was a stone cutter […]

Who Was John McDermot – On Lykens Monument?

| January 13, 2017

The name Owen McDermot appears on the Lykens G.A.R. Monument as an area veteran who was not a member of the Heilner G.A.R. Post.  Who was he? The only person of that name who was found in the Pennsylvania Veterans’ Card File was Owen McDermott, who at 18 years old, enrolled in the 136th Pennsylvania […]

John McCollum – First Defender, Buried at Williamstown

| January 9, 2017

John McCollum is buried in the United Methodist Church Cemetery in Williamstown, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.  Previously on the Civil War Blog, he was featured with the following information: John McCollum (1833-1901). He is buried in the McCollum family plot and a ground marker notes his name as “John.”  Census records indicate he was born at sea […]