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Dr. Charles B. Fager – Medical Cadet and Contract Surgeon in the Civil War

| November 18, 2015

Dr. Charles Buffington Fager was born on 31 March 1841 in Harrisburg and died there on 24 January 1908.  During the Civil War, it was said that he served as a medical cadet (in 1862) and as a contract assistant surgeon (in 1864).  However, no actual military service has been located for him.  The stories […]

Death of Isaac P. Messner – Kicked Overboard by a Horse

| November 17, 2014

An entry in a 9th Pennsylvania Cavalryman’s diary read as follows: Saturday 30th [November 1861] – In the morning about 4 A.M. another excitement On board the Arago owing to a report that Isaac Messner was kicked over board by one of the Horses on board the Anglo Saxon… one of Co. B…. Both sides […]

Was Uncle John Keiper a Civil War Veteran?

| April 25, 2013

Uncle John M. Keiper (1842-1887) is buried in the Old Stone Church Cemetery in Elizabethville, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.  He is one of many persons of whom it is believed that they served in the Civil War, but there is no formal recognition of their service at their graveside. John M. Keiper was born 17 February […]

Clarification and Additions to Buffington Family in the Civil War – South Carolina Cousins

| April 24, 2013

On 29 December 2010, a post on this blog entitled “Buffington Family in the Civil War – South Carolina Cousins” was presented. That post has since received several comments, mostly positive, and as a result of the post, additional material has been received to confirm the Harlan/Harling lines therein presented. Recently, a comment was received […]

The Murder in Gratz During the Militia Encampment, 1856

| July 20, 2012

The above article describing the “fatal affair at Gratztown” appeared in the Philadelphia Public Ledger, 27 September 1856, described the death of George Hoffman Jr. at the annual military encampment at Gratz, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.  A more extensive article appeared in a Schuylkill County publication, the Farmers and Miners Journal on the same date.  It […]