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Grandson of Thomas Umberger Guards Inheritance but is Arrested

| October 27, 2017

A brief item in the Harrisburg Telegraph of 20 November 1913 noted the following: Dalmatia — Thomas Umberger, 78 years old, a well-known farmer and veteran of the Civil War, died very suddenly of apoplexy on Monday night.  He is survived by one daughter. Thomas Umberger died on 17 November 1913.  He was born 4 […]

John Townsend – Died from Injuries in Railroad Accident

| October 25, 2017

On 11 August 1894, the obituary of John Townsend appeared in the Harrisburg Telegraph: SUPERVISOR TOWNSEND IS DEAD He Was a Veteran Railroad Man and Good Citizen John Townsend, for twenty-seven years supervisor of the Summit Branch Railroad, died yesterday at his home in Wiconisco after an illness of several months, aged 65.  A wife […]

John S. Trego – Gravely Wounded at South Mountain, 1862

| October 23, 2017

“When cannons roared and treason’s flag Defiantly did wave, He rushed to arms, he gave his life His bleeding land to save.” The above poem appears on the grave marker of John S. Trego at the Stove Valley (Zion) Cemetery, Hickory Corners, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania.  Also on the stone is the following information: In Memory […]

Samuel Trump – Boatman and 7th Pennsylvania Cavalry

| October 20, 2017

On 15 October 1861, Samuel Trump, claiming to be 27 years old (born about 1834), enlisted in the 7th Pennsylvania Cavalry, Company F, at Schuylkill Haven, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania.  On 7 November 1861, he was mustered into service as a Private at Harrisburg.  According to the Pennsylvania Veterans’ File Card, shown above from the Pennsylvania […]

Philadelphia Memorial to Octavius V. Catto

| October 16, 2017

Recently, a new memorial to Ocvatius Valentine Catto was ceremonially unveiled in Philadelphia in the central square of the city, just to the west of the south gate entrance to the City Hall Plaza. Previously, on this blog, a post entitled Octavius V. Catto, told of this African American’s relationship to the Civil War and […]