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Jacob Ritzman – Found Dead Along Road

| January 26, 2015

The obituary of bachelor Jacob Ritzman, found in the Harrisburg Patriot of 29 January 1909, reported that he had found dead along the road in Upper Paxton Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.  He was a Civil War veteran having served in the 177th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company I, as a Private. BOYS FOUND DEAD BODY Veteran of […]

John Eisenhower – Adds Memorial Plate to Own Tombstone

| January 23, 2015

An article that appeared in the Harrisburg Telegraph on 19 June 1914 described Civil War veteran John Eisenhower placing a plaque on his grave marker in the Enola Cemetery,Cumberland County, Pennsylvania so that the correct facts about his military service would be known: Puts Plate on His Tombstone Telling Where He Fought Civil War Veteran […]

Theodore Chester – Merchant, Hotelman and G.A.R. Commander

| January 22, 2015

  Theodore Chester (1846-1914) served in the Civil War in the 136th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company C, as a Private from 16 August 1862 through his honorable discharge on 29 May 1863.  He enrolled and was mustered in at Harrisburg claiming to be 21 years old, when in fact he was only 16. His obituary appeared […]

Fire Destroys Hoffman’s Civil War Museum in Lykens, 1912

| January 20, 2015

On 12 November 1912 a massive fire consumed several factories and homes in Lykens Borough, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.  One of the destroyed homes was owned by Michael M. Hoffman, a Civil War veteran who had the distinction of serving in a First Defender’s infantry regiment, a emergency state militia regiment, and a cavalry regiment – […]

William C. Mills – Naval Veteran of Millersburg

| January 19, 2015

During the Civil War, William C. Mills saw both infantry service and naval service, but it is for his naval service that he was most remembered.  His name appears on the Millersburg Soldier Monument (plaque shown above) as W. C. Mills. When William C. Mills died on 21 September 1916, the obituary which appeared in […]