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Was Daniel Shive Murdered in 1893?

| August 16, 2017

During the Civil War, Daniel A. Shive served in the 210th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company A, as a Private, from 12 September 1864 through his honorable discharge on 30 May 1865.  He applied for a disability pension on 28 March 1891, which he received, but not long afterward, he was found dead along the railroad tracks […]

Some Clarifications on Franklin Speese

| August 14, 2017

In the initial Civil War Veterans’ List of this Project, there is a Benjamin Speece [or Speese] and a Franklin Speece [or Speese].  Recent research has proven that this is actually one person, who should be identified as Benjamin Franklin Speece (1828-1906) who served in the 184th Pennsylvania Infantry, and who is buried at Messiah […]

Samuel H. Sharron – 1890 Millersburg Veterans’ Census, But Not Civil War?

| August 11, 2017

Occasionally a post-Civil War veteran’s name appears in the 1890 Census along with regiment and dates of service. Usually though, the military service given begins late in 1865 and ends about three years later, which was the usual term of enlistment in a United States infantry regiment.  In the case of Samuel H. Sharron, who […]

What Was the War Service of Aaron Snyder?

| August 9, 2017

The name Aaron Snyder appears on the Millersburg Soldier Monument.  Who was he and what was his Civil War service? In 1890, the widow Catherine Snyder, living in Harrisburg, reported that her deceased husband, Aaron Snyder, had served in the Civil War, but she did not name a regiment, company, or dates of service.  Subsequent […]

Confusion in the Records of Joseph M. Smith of Halifax

| August 2, 2017

Joseph M. Smith is buried at Halifax United Methodist Church Cemetery, Halifax, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. His stone states that he was born 9 October 1846 and died 13 April 1918 – and that he served as a Private in Company C of the 107th Pennsylvania Infantry.  At his grave there is a G.A.R. Star-Flag Holder.  […]