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Francis Wade Hughes of Pottsville – Confederate Sympathizer?

| May 25, 2016

Francis Wade Hughes (1817-1885) was an attorney in Pottsville at the time of the Civil War and the leader of the county Democratic Party.  A nephew of his, John Hughes, was considered the most famous of all Schuylkill Countians who joined the Confederate war effort.  According to information found in an article that appeared in […]

John D. Hughes – Confederate Soldier from Pottsville

| May 20, 2016

Previously here, the Confederate sympathies of Francis Wade Hughes were discussed.  Hughes was a lawyer in Pottsville at the time of the Civil War.  Several of his brothers, although they were born in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, relocated to North Carolina.  At the beginning of the war, one of the nephews of Francis Wade Hughes, John […]

William A. Hershey – Pennsylvania Boatman & His Southern Connections

| May 17, 2016

On 27 January 1864, William A. Hershey, an 18 year old boatman who claimed he was residing in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, enrolled in the 47th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company D, as a Private.  He was 5 foot, 4 inches tall, had a light complexion, brown eyes and light colored hair.  The Pennsylvania Veterans’ File Card (shown […]

Lewis F. Hummel – German-born Cavalryman Died in Mount Carmel

| May 13, 2016

The death of Lewis F. Hummel in Shamokin on 30 November 1906 helped to bring to light some interesting information about some ties to several communities in the Lykens Valley area as well as his Civil War service.  His obituary appeared in the Mount Carmel Item on the day he died: VETERAN OF CIVIL WAR […]

John M. Hughes – Hosiery Mill Owner Crushed to Death in Williamstown

| May 9, 2016

The Harrisburg Telegraph reported the tragic death of John M. Hughes, prominent hosiery mill owner of Williamstown on 29 July 1898: CRUSHED BY THE WHEELS The Frightful Death of a Williamstown Mill Owner It was a frightful accident which befell John M. Hughes, of the firm of Hughes and Hoffman, proprietor of the Williamstown Hosiery […]