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The Ku Klux Klan in Pennsylvania – Some Sources of Information

This post will identify and review two readily-available print sources of information on the Ku Klan Klan in Pennsylvania in the 20th Century.  This 20th Century iteration of the Klan was a re-incarnation of the first Klan that came about after the Civil War to deny rights to Freedmen by using terror and intimidation.  From […]

Jennie Kissinger – Buried in Her Ku Klux Klan Robes

Today’s post will begin to document numerous instances of hate and violence in Dauphin County which occurred before, during, and after the Civil War.  This includes actions by individuals, by political parties, by social groups, and by terror groups.  A new blog topic, “Hate,” is being introduced with this post and other posts on this […]

Why Are There Ku Klux Klan Uniforms in Gratz?

Displayed on the second floor of the Gratz Historical Society Museum is an offensive exhibit that has been the object of many complaints from visitors and volunteers over the years of its existence.  Three Gratz area Ku Klux Klan uniforms are displayed at the side of a doorway.  Displaying Ku Klux Klan “regalia” is not […]

April 2017 Posts

A listing of the April 2017 posts on The Civil War Blog with direct links: Nelson C. Meck – Charter Member of Millersburg G.A.R. Post Was Charles Meckenstorm of Tremont a Deserter? William Murphy of Tremont – Immigrant, Died at Vet Home in Virginia Samuel Mumma or Samuel Mummy? – Confusion Over Ancestry of Lykens […]

Where is Peter Crabb Buried?

Peter Crabb, one of the earliest settlers of Gratz, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, was an African American who was born in Pennsylvania about 1787.  He was the father of two known Civil War soldiers, John Peter Crabb and Edward Crabb, both previously profiled here.  At the present time, there are two working theories on where Peter […]