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The Death of Col. Thomas H. Rickert

| July 17, 2015

Harrisburg residents read of the death of Col. Thomas H. Rickert of Pottsville, in the Telegraph of 17 November 1899: Col. Rickert Death Pottsville, 16 November 1899 — Colonel Thomas H. Rickert, a well-known railroad businessman of this city, died at 1:20 this afternoon of disease contracted during the Civil War.  He was one of […]

The Yeager Family in the Civil War (Part 4) – Major Thomas Yeager

| May 22, 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 […]

Civil War Trails – West Virginia

| May 12, 2015

West Virginia Civil War Trails is one of a series of publications produced for the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War and was funded in part by the Transportation Enhancement Funds provided by the Federal Highways Administration.  This edition, for West Virgina, is similar in format to the other publications for Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina […]

Five War Veterans Who Died in 1919

| April 13, 2015

Daniel Ginter was born 24 June 1840 and died on 10 December 1919.  During the Civil War he served with the 194th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company C, as a Private, from 18 July 1864 through 6 November 1864.  On 16 February 1895, he applied for a pension, which he received and collected until his death.  Ne […]

Capt. William E. Miller – Medal of Honor at Gettysburg

| April 7, 2015

For his actions at Gettysburg, Captain William E. Miller was awarded the Medal of Honor and he is recognized at the Pennsylvania Medal of Honor Memorial in Harrisburg: During the Civil War, William E. Miller served only one enlistment and that was with the 3rd Pennsylvania Cavalry.  He was mustered into service at Washington, D. […]