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Jonathan Miller – Recognized on Tower City Memorial

| December 21, 2016

Previously, on 9 February 2013, Jonathan Miller was profiled as art of a blog post on Civil War burials at the St. Paul’s Cemetery, Tower City, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania: Very little is known about Jonathan Miller (c. 1824-1890) except that he served in the 39th Pennsylvania Infantry (Emergency of 1863), Company H, as a Private, from […]

A History of the 150th Pennsylvania Infantry – Including Reports of a “Bucktail” from Killinger

| October 28, 2016

Today’s post features an 1895 history of a Civil War regiment formed of men including Henry M. Kieffer, who was living in Killinger, Upper Paxton Township, Dauphin County, in 1860, and was the son of Dr. Ephraim Kieffer, a pastor of St. David’s Reformed Church in that place during most of the years of the […]

John Peters – Saved By Surgeons, Pensioned, But Died in Soldiers’ Home in 1886

| October 21, 2016

John Peters was born in Ulster County, New York, but when the time came to serve in the Civil War, he was in Philadelphia, and it was there that he enrolled in the 115th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company I, as a Sergeant, on 9 April 1862.  Supposedly, he was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant on 26 January […]

Nathaniel Lehman of Lykens – A Tribute from His Church

| October 14, 2016

In the Memorial Book of the Otterbein Church of the United Brethren of Christ, Lykens Borough, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, the following tribute is recorded: Brother Nathaniel Charles Lehman was born 12 September 1844 at Berrysburg, Pennsylvania, and died in Lykens, Pennsylvania, 5 March 1918, age 73 years, 5 months and 23 days. He was married […]

James Ferguson – An Army Surgeon’s Story to Save His Life

| October 10, 2016

On 29 January 1863, according to the U.S. Register of Deaths of Volunteers, James Ferguson, a Sergeant of the 142nd Pennsylvania Infantry, Company D, died at the Stanton General Hospital, Washington, D.C., of “vulnus sclopet,” an abbreviation of the Latin term, vulnus sclopeticum, for “gunshot wound.”  The treating surgeon who verified the death was John […]