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Civil War Blog

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Samuel Wenrich & Amelia [Faust] Wenrich – Both War Veterans?

Buried together at the St. Paul (Artz) Cemetery in Sacramento, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, are two veterans of the Civil War, or so it would seem from the bronze G.A.R. flag-holder markers adjacent to their grave stones.  Samuel Wenrich and Amelia [Faust] Wenrich were husband and wife.  This is one of the few graves in the […]

John J. Tobias – Obituary of a Donaldson Native

The obituary of Civil War veteran John J. Tobias, who was born near Donaldson, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, appeared in the Mount Carmel Item, 19 February 1935: J. J. TOBIAS, CIVIL WAR VETERAN, DIES DUE TO INFIRMITIES Defender of the Union Answers “Taps” After Being Bedfast a Week; Military Funeral To Be Held on Friday Afternoon […]

Did Martin Troutman Who Deserted in 1863 Die in the War?

The file card from the Pennsylvania Archives (shown above) notes that a Martin Troutman, age 22 (born about 1841) enrolled in the 26th Pennsylvania Infantry (Emergency of 1863), Company D, as a Corporal, at Lykens, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, on 15 June 1863, was mustered into service on 18 June 1863 at Harrisburg, and then deserted […]

William Straw of Williamstown, 1890 – Portrait Found

In researching William Straw who served in the 6th Pennsylvania Infantry as well as the 48th Pennsylvania Infantry, it was discovered that for a short time he lived in Williamstown, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, as per the 1890 Veterans’ Census of that community.  Straw was a blacksmith who was born in England about 12 October 1841, […]

Emanuel Straub – Former Hegins Resident Dies at Shamokin, Age 90

Emanuel Straub, who was born in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, on 5 November 1842, was the son of George Straub (1803-1859) and Barbara [Zerbe] Straub (1803-1899).  After the death of his father, the mother and Emanuel moved in with Daniel Straub, Emanuel’s brother, who was a farmer in Hegins Township, Schuylkill County.  All appear together in […]