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Harry M. Kieffer’s Recollections – Camp Curtin

| February 10, 2017

Today’s post features Chapter 2 of Recollections of a Drummer Boy. Previously on this blog, a brief sketch was presented on the Rev. Dr. Henry M. Kieffer, a Civil War veteran who was not included on the Millersburg Soldier Monument.  In that sketch, it was noted that Rev. Dr. Kieffer was enumerated in the 1860 […]

Two Men Named George Hinkle

| April 19, 2016

Two men named George Hinkle, both associated with the Lykens Valley area of Pennsylvania, saw Civil War service.  They can be differentiated by their middle initial and regiment/company of service.  It does not appear that they are closely related, although additional research could prove otherwise. George W. Hinkle (1843-1878) George W. Hinkle is buried at […]

Cornelius A. Hochlander – Emergency Man from Wiconisco

| April 14, 2016

Cornelius A. Hochlander is named on the Lykens G.A.R. Memorial as a Private who joined the Heilner Post in Lykens after it was organized. Hochlander, who is sometimes found in the records as Hocklander, was born in November 1844, the son of George Hochlander, a shoemaker, and Mary Adaline Hochlander.  The family is found in […]

Simon Gratz and the Spy Capture Incident South of Harrisburg, July 1863

| December 18, 2015

Three Harrisburg Men Capture Confederate Spy in the River Col. Demming and Simon Gratz Who Caught “Rebel” Will Meet on Fiftieth Anniversary of Event According to Samuel Bates, an incident occurred on the Susquehanna River, south of Harrisburg, on 2 July 1863, while the Battle of Gettysburg was taking place, in which three Union men […]

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 […]