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Confusion in the Records of Joseph M. Smith of Halifax

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.  […]

Joseph E. Peters Jr. – Located in Elizabethville Area After War

Joseph Edwin Peters Jr. served in the 107th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company D, as a Private during the Civil War.  A brief sketch of him, edited from information found in Captain Enders Legion, pages 173-174, is as follows: Joseph E. Peters Jr. was born 12 July 1843 in Mahantongo, Pennsylvania.  He was the son of Joseph […]

Brave Johnny Hoover of Elizabethville

A photocopy of a crumpled newspaper story has been found in the Project files.  The clipping is entitled “Brave Johnny Hoover” and tells the story of a man from the Lykens Valley who is said to be the youngest soldier in the Union Army during the Civil War.  In addition to being named in the […]

March 2015 Posts

A listing of the March 2015 posts on The Civil War Blog with direct links: Monuments at Gettysburg – 107th Pennsylvania Infantry Two Lost Men with a Lykens Township Connection Monuments at Gettysburg – 109th Pennsylvania Infantry February 2015 Posts Capt. James K. Helms of Schuylkill Haven & Pottsville Obituary of Albert G. Cummings – […]

Monuments at Gettysburg – 111th Pennsylvania Infantry

The 111th Pennsylvania Infantry Monument at Gettysburg is located southeast of the town of Gettysburg on Slocum Avenue.  It was dedicated in 1889 by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The drawing of the monument pictured above is from a Philadelphia Inquirer article of 11 September 1889. A picture of the monument can be seen on Stephen […]