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The Tragic Death of Frank Fenstermacher, 1879

| November 25, 2015

Frank Fenstermacher is buried at Charles Evans Cemetery in Reading.  According to information available in the Civil War records, he served honorably in the 50th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company C, as a Private, but he was not on the muster out roll of the company in 1865.  However, according to his pension application and soldiers’ home […]

Samuel Fetterhoff of Berrysburg – 9th Pennsylvania Cavalry

| November 24, 2015

Further information in sought on Samuel Fetterholf, born about 1838, who enrolled at Berrysburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania in the 9th Pennsylvania Cavalry on 17 September 1861, was mustered into service on 7 October 1861 at Camp Cameron, Harrisburg, and served as a Private in Company B, until he was transferred to Company K by order […]

Civil War Roots of Korean War POW Buried at Indiantown Gap

| November 22, 2015

On 9 November 2015, Korean War veteran Corporal Martin A. King who died nearly 65 years ago at a prisoner of war camp in Korea, was laid to rest at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, with full military honors. Corporal Martin King of the U.S. Army was captured at Unsan by the […]

Henry Feindt Describes Great Lykens Earthquake of 1907

| November 20, 2015

Henry Feindt (1843-1914), a Civil War veteran of the 10th Pennsylvania Infantry (26th April 1861 – 31 Jul 1861)  and the 9th Pennsylvania Cavalry (7 October 1861 – 18 July 1865), was Postmaster of Lykens in 1907 when an “earthquake of vast extent” hit the Upper Dauphin County area of the Susquehanna Valley. Feindt was […]

Dr. Charles B. Fager – Medical Cadet and Contract Surgeon in the Civil War

| November 18, 2015

Dr. Charles Buffington Fager was born on 31 March 1841 in Harrisburg and died there on 24 January 1908.  During the Civil War, it was said that he served as a medical cadet (in 1862) and as a contract assistant surgeon (in 1864).  However, no actual military service has been located for him.  The stories […]