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Jacob Swab & Jacob W. Swab – Two Different Elizabethville Area Veterans

| February 8, 2016

In the 1967 published list of Civil War veterans from the Elizabethville, Dauphin County, the name of Jacob Swab appears.  In researching this soldier, it is now known that there were actually two persons of this name, one found in the records as Jacob Swab and the other found as Jacob W. Swab. ——————————— JACOB […]

Obituary of a Civil War Widow, Mrs. Joseph W. Knouff

| January 29, 2016

During the Civil War, Joseph W. Knouff served in Company H of the 130th Pennsylvania Infantry, for nine months.  He died on 10 April 1902 and is buried at the Fairview Cemetery in Enders, Dauphin County. On 21 July 1890, Joseph W. Knouff applied for a disability pension, which, according to the Pension Index Card […]

Rev. Thomas Garland – Served in Lykens, Halifax, & Williamstown

| January 8, 2016

Rev. Thomas W. Garland (1847-1925) was first located as Civil War veteran in the 1890 Veterans’ Census for Halifax Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, where he reported that he had served in the 48th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company F, as a Private, from 31 March 1864 through discharge on 19 July 1865.  He also indicated that he […]

A Brief History of the B. F. Miller G.A.R. Post #393 at Fisherville

| November 30, 2015

Fisherville is a small community in Upper Dauphin County, near Halifax Borough, that in 1883 formed a local G.A.R. post.  Much of the history of that post has been lost over time and now needs to be re-created through available resources, among those resources, the Harrisburg and other archived newspapers and the national Grand Army […]

Daniel W. Tobias – Corrections and Additions

| September 14, 2015

In January 2013, in a post entitled They Served Honorably in Company H, 210th Pennsylvania Infantry, it was incorrectly reported that Daniel W. Tobias moved to Illinois after the war.  It is now known that the man who served in Company H was most commonly known as Daniel Tobias and the man who served in […]