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Philadelphia Memorial to Octavius V. Catto

| October 16, 2017

Recently, a new memorial to Ocvatius Valentine Catto was ceremonially unveiled in Philadelphia in the central square of the city, just to the west of the south gate entrance to the City Hall Plaza. Previously, on this blog, a post entitled Octavius V. Catto, told of this African American’s relationship to the Civil War and […]

Update on Edward Crabb, Victim of Bigotry in Gratz

| July 19, 2017

Almost exactly one year after an extremely critical blog post was published here on the Civil War Blog regarding the deplorable condition of an African American family grave plot at the Gratz Union Cemetery, a.k.a., Simeon’s Cemetery, Gratz, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, a small change has now been seen the grave site of Edward Crabb, Civil […]

Lykens Valley Pastor Was Ku Klux Klan Leader

| June 8, 2017

A Lykens Valley pastor was a known leader of the Ku Klux Klan.  He served several churches in the valley, and not only promoted the K. K. K. outside his role of ministering to his congregations, but included K. K. K. activities within the worship services he conducted. This post is a continuation of the […]

Abner M. Pike of Halifax – Some Tragic Stories

| May 5, 2017

The death of Abner M. Pike was announced in the Harrisburg Daily Independent, 3 November 1902.  The obituary in that newspaper did not mention his Civil War service: Death of A. M. Pike Special to the Star-Independent Halifax, 3 November 1902 — A. M. Pike, a prominent business man of Halifax, died at 9 p.m. […]

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 […]