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Pennsylvania Gubernatorial Election of 1866 – The Defeat of a White Supremacist

| September 16, 2016

The Pennsylvania Gubernatorial Election of 1866 pitted a Union General and war hero, John W. Geary, against a avowed racist and white supremacist, Heister Clymer.  Geary headed the Republican or Union ticket and Clymer headed the Democratic or Copperhead ticket. Unlike the Presidential Election of 1860, official vote totals by townships and boroughs were available […]

Where is Peter Crabb Buried?

| August 19, 2016

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 […]

Millersburg Area African Americans During Civil War Times

| July 29, 2016

Three African American males of Civil War service age were located in 1860s censuses or draft records of the Millersburg and Upper Paxton Township area.  These men are presented here in the hope that a reader can add additional information about them.  Did they serve in the military during the Civil War?  What happened to […]

Edward Crabb – Victim of Bigotry in Gratz

| July 1, 2016

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 […]

John Peter Crabb – A Third Party Slate of Candidates?

| May 31, 2016

John Peter Crabb, Civil War veteran and native of Gratz, Pennsylvania, moved to Harrisburg after the Civil War, where he became a founder and Commander of Stevens Post No. 520, G.A.R. and was very active in Republican Party politics. He was previously profiled here, and last week a blog post told of a fair held […]