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James P. Wilson – 2nd United States Colored Troops

| February 24, 2015

A news story that appeared in the Harrisburg Patriot on 15 April 1907 told of the untimely death of a Civil War veteran, James P. Wilson: COLORED VETERAN FALLS FROM TRAIN AND DIES OF INJURY By Associated Press to the Patriot Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, 14 April 1907 — James Wilson, colored, a veteran of the Civil […]

William T. Harley – Driver for Gov. Curtin, War Veteran & Barber

| February 18, 2015

The obituary of Billy Harley appeared in the Harrisburg Patriot on 6 August 1904: DEATH TOOK OLD DRIVER FOR GOVERNOR CURTIN Special Despatch to the Patriot Middletown, Pennsylvania — 4 August 1904  William T. Harley, a picturesque character of this place and a veteran of the Civil War and at one time driver for the […]

Obituary of Major John W. Simpson

| February 17, 2015

Major John W. Simpson was an African American Civil War veteran from Philadelphia who settled in Harrisburg after the war.  He died on 6 April 1899 and is buried in Lincoln Cemetery in Harrisburg.  The Harrisburg Patriot commemorated his life with a lengthy obituary: MAJOR J. W. SIMPSON Prominent Colored Citizen of This City Passes […]

Rev. John Quincy Adams – Harrisburg Preacher & Civil Rights Leader Was Once a Slave

| February 13, 2015

From the Harrisburg Patriot, of 13 January 1917: REV. J. Q. ADAMS, ONCE SLAVE, DIES Retired Colored Preacher Was Formerly Coachman to Judge Pearson, and for Years a Conspicuous Figure Here The Rev. John Quincy Adams, retired local colored preacher of the Wesley Union connection, former slave and known to all the older families of […]

More on Eli Gray – Barber of Harrisburg – and York!

| February 7, 2015

Scott Mingus Sr.,from York County, Pennsylvania, a fellow Civil War blogger, has greatly expanded on information made available here in a post entitled Some African Americans with Civil War Connections Who Died in 1910.  One of those featured in that post was a barber of Harrisburg, Eli Gray. The post on Cannonball, by Scott Mingus […]