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Civil War Blog

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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 […]

Some Mishaps Involving Civil War Veterans in 1917

| May 30, 2016

The following are some mishaps which occurred in 1917 involving Civil War veterans and their families. ————————— From the Harrisburg Telegraph, 14 March 1917: Stricken With Paralysis While Top of Tree Columbia, Pennsylvania, 14 March 1917 — William T. Strauss, Civil War veteran, and a former borough engineer, was stricken by apoplexy while on top […]

John Peter Crabb – Raising Funds to Help Needy Comrades

| May 23, 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.  He was previously profiled here, but not included in that article was a fair conducted by that post in 1889 for the purpose of […]

Marks Hornet – African American Soldier from Elizabethville

| April 22, 2016

In the 1860 Census of Washington Township, (Post Office Elizabethville), Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, there appears a family identified in the “Color” column as “m” for Mulatto.  The head of the family was Marks Hornet, a 38 year-old laborer.  He indicated to the census that he was born in Pennsylvania, that did not own any real […]

Philadelphia Mural Has Civil War Theme

| February 22, 2016

The second mural in the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program is found on 8th Street between Chestnut Street and Market Streets in Philadelphia and has a Civil War theme.  It is painted on the west-facing wall on the side of a building behind a parking lot.   According to the painted “plaque” in the […]