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Civil War Blog

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Edward Crabb – Victim of Bigotry in Gratz

Another Memorial Day has gone by and the grave of Edward Crabb, an African American Civil War soldier buried in Gratz Union Cemetery, continues to be un-decorated [no G.A.R.-Star-Flag-Holder and Flag].  In addition to being un-decorated, the Crabb family plot is one of the worst maintained in a cemetery which is known for its manicured […]

Two Men Named George Hinkle

Two men named George Hinkle, both associated with the Lykens Valley area of Pennsylvania, saw Civil War service.  They can be differentiated by their middle initial and regiment/company of service.  It does not appear that they are closely related, although additional research could prove otherwise. George W. Hinkle (1843-1878) George W. Hinkle is buried at […]

The Death of Capt. William H. Crook

An obituary of William H. Crook, who was born in Clark’s Ferry, appeared in the Harrisburg Telegraph on 17 January 1914: CAPTAIN CROOK, WAR VETERAN AND FORMER CITY OFFICIAL, DIES Taken Ill During Intense Heat of Gettysburg Encampment in July BIRTHDAY EVERY FOUR YEARS Captain William H. Crook, well-known Republican, a prominent Civil War veteran […]

Some Wedding Anniversaries of Veterans in 1919

Two Civil War veterans with connections to the Lykens Valley celebrated long-term marriage anniversaries at the end of 1918 and the end of 1919.  Both anniversaries were reported in the newspapers of 1919. Cloyd C. Bender was born in Perry County, Pennsylvania, but lived most of his life in Halifax where he first worked as […]

Some Brief Obituaries of Lykens Valley Area Civil War Veterans

The following are some brief obituaries of three Lykens Valley area Civil War veterans as they appeared in local newspapers: —————————– From Harrisburg Telegraph, 20 December 1899: JOSEPH RITZMAN Funeral services were held this afternoon over the body of Joseph Ritzman, who died at his home in Wiconisco, Wednesday morning, after eight years of suffering […]