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John Weaver of the 9th Pennsylvania Cavalry

| September 22, 2014

In researching men of the 9th Pennsylvania Cavalry, Company B, a company mainly consisting of men from the Lykens Valley area of Pennsylvania, the name of John Weaver posed a problem in determining a correct birth and death date, as well as other genealogical information.  In the process of examining the records, a second man […]

Rev. James A. Stokes – African American with the 9th Pennsylvania Cavalry?

| September 17, 2014

In searching post-Civil War newspapers for information about reunions, encampments and obituaries of veterans of the 9th Pennsylvania Cavalry, a surprising story was found in the Harrisburg Patriot of 1 February 1905: In Pastor’s Honor. Aa [sic] testimonial will be tendered to Rev. James A. Stokes by his daughter, Mrs. Clara Smith, on Friday evening, […]

Henry Keiser and the Whiskey Ration

| September 15, 2014

The print of a political cartoon shown here is from Harper’s Weekly, June 1862, and is available at the Library of Congress.  How much whiskey was “too much whiskey?”  Was there a “whiskey ration” during the Civil War?  The following quotes are from another blog: For additional relief from the meager and unappetizing meals, whiskey […]

Views of the Old Catholic Cemetery at Williamstown

| September 11, 2014

Two views of the Old Catholic Cemetery at Williamstown have been located.  The pictures have been enhanced for presentation here on this blog. The first view appeared on page 92 of the Sesquicentennial History of Williamstown and Williams Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, published in 1976 by the Sesquicentennial Commission: The picture appears to show a […]

A Guide to Georgia’s Civil War Heritage

| September 1, 2014

The Georgia Department of Economic Development has produced an interesting and informative guide to the Civil War-related sites in that state. An earlier version of this brochure was presented on this blog in the post entitled:  Marching Through Georgia. The current web site describing activities related to the 150th Anniversary Commemoration of Civil War events […]