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Rev. Lewis D. Steckel – Reformed Minister of Lykens

| February 1, 2013

The Rev. Lewis Daniel Steckel (1839-1922) served as the pastor of the Reformed Church in Lykens Borough, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, at the end of the 19th and early part of the 20th century.  He also had a congregation in Tower City, Schuylkill County.  During the Civil War he was the Quartermaster Sergeant in the 176th […]

Michael Haverstick – Died at Chattanooga in 1864 – The Care of War Orphans

| January 26, 2013

The name of Michael Haverstick appears on the Millersburg Soldier Monument.  Haverstick served in the 16th U.S. Infantry Regiment of the Regular Army, Company H, as a Private.  He was mustered into service on 25 February 1864, at York County, Pennsylvania.  At the time of his enrollment, he was 43 years old, was a miller […]

There’s Something About Rough and Ready

| January 25, 2013

A newly released book on the social history of a village at the center of the Mahantongo Valley, Rough and Ready, contains several sections useful for the study of Civil War veterans and their families, including the discovery of another Civil War veteran to be added to the Civil War Research Project – Henry B. […]

The Gettysburg Address

| January 6, 2013

The Gettysburg Address was delivered by President Abraham Lincoln during the American Civil War, on the afternoon of Thursday, 19 November 1863, at the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, four and a half months after the Union armies defeated those of the Confederacy at the Battle of Gettysburg.  The historical marker […]

Mahlon Shaaber – Tallest Soldier of the Civil War

| January 2, 2013

It is very possible that Mahlon Shaaber (1844-1917), standing at more than six foot seven inches, was the tallest soldier in the Civil War.  The portrait of him, taken in his G.A.R. uniform some time after 1900, shows him standing alone, but another picture, known to have been taken in 1910 in Atlantic City (below), […]