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Two Civil War-Era Centenarians Who Died in 1923

| August 14, 2015

In going through some obituaries that appeared in the Harrisburg Evening News in 1923, two centenarians were discovered.  One was an African American woman, supposedly born in slavery who escaped via the Underground Railroad, who has to be considered as one of the longest living persons ever; the other was said to be at the […]

Was There Ever a G.A.R. Post in Elizabethville?

| August 10, 2015

In researching the Stevens G.A.R. Post No. 520 of Harrisburg, the only “Colored” post for Civil War veterans in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, a news article was found in the Harrisburg Telegraph of 24 May 1919 which described posts no longer in existence in the “smaller” towns in the county.  Surprisingly, Elizabethville was mentioned as once […]

Obituaries of Civil War Era Women, 1906-1908

| May 29, 2015

The following are obituaries of some Civil War era women: ——————————– From the Harrisburg Patriot, 17 May 1906 Attended Funeral of His Mother Benjamin M. Nead attended the funeral of his mother, Mrs. Benjamin F. Nead, at Chambersburg, yesterday afternoon.  Mrs. Nead was all her life a member of the First Lutheran Church, Chambersburg, and […]

Three Unusual Deaths of Civil War Soldiers in 1903

| May 7, 2015

LONGEVITY – From the Harrisburg Patriot, 11 February 1903: Pennsylvania Veteran Dead at 104 Philadelphia, 10 February 1903 — Lewis Butler, colored, aged 104 years, died at his home in this city today of general debility.  He was born in York, Pennsylvania, and was a veteran of the Civil War, serving as a Sergeant in […]

The Last Tango in Carlisle

| March 18, 2015

On 1 March 1905, the Harrisburg Patriot reported the marriage of a “grizzled” Civil War veteran and the sweetheart of his youth: JOINED AT ALTAR AFTER MANY YEARS Romantic Ending of Love affair of T. S. Kaufman, a Grizzled Veteran, and Mrs. Scheaffer A love affair that started many years ago, before the Civil War, […]