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Who Was Jacob R. Smith Who Enrolled at Lykens?

| August 28, 2017

On 26 April 1861, Jacob R. Smith was mustered into the 10th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company F, as a Private.  At the time,he said he was 20 years old (born about 1841), was employed as a boatman, and lived at Clarks Ferry, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.  He was honorably discharged on 31 July 1861. No record has […]

The Death of Capt. William H. Crook

| September 11, 2015

An obituary of William H. Crook, who was born in Clark’s Ferry, appeared in the Harrisburg Telegraph on 17 January 1914: CAPTAIN CROOK, WAR VETERAN AND FORMER CITY OFFICIAL, DIES Taken Ill During Intense Heat of Gettysburg Encampment in July BIRTHDAY EVERY FOUR YEARS Captain William H. Crook, well-known Republican, a prominent Civil War veteran […]

Schuylkill Banks – Reclaiming a Civil War-Era Dump

| December 17, 2014

In October 2014, Philadelphia residents and visitors were treated to the opening of a new section of the Schuylkill River Trail – a “boardwalk” in the river running from Walnut Street to South Street and extending the ambitious trail further south and bringing it closer to completion. The “boardwalk” is actually a bridge with a […]

Was Confederate Vice President Alexander H. Stephens from Pennsylvania?

| April 20, 2013

A question was asked by the Perry County Democrat in 1881 as to whether the Confederate Vice President Alexander H. Stephens was from Pennsylvania.  Information known at the time was that Stephens had an uncle who had lived in Perry County, Pennsylvania, and it was believed that his father, Andrew B. Stevens was born in […]

The Crook Family of Clark’s Ferry

| December 18, 2012

Four members of the Crook family of Clark’s Ferry, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania served in the Civil War.  Clark’s Ferry is located in the lower part of the triangular area of study of the Civil War Research Project. The 1858 map (above) of Reed Township is from the Pennsylvania Archives.  It shows the location of Clark’s […]