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Some Clarifications on Franklin Speese

| August 14, 2017

In the initial Civil War Veterans’ List of this Project, there is a Benjamin Speece [or Speese] and a Franklin Speece [or Speese].  Recent research has proven that this is actually one person, who should be identified as Benjamin Franklin Speece (1828-1906) who served in the 184th Pennsylvania Infantry, and who is buried at Messiah […]

William Hicks, Served in Illinois Regiment; Widow was Postmaster of Waynesville

| March 28, 2016

William Hicks (1839-1904), who is buried at St. Paul (Bowerman’s) Lutheran Cemetery in Enterline, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, served in the 8th Illinois Infantry, Company D, as a Private.  There is conflicting data on his dates of service.  In one source, it is stated that he had three enlistments, while another source indicates his service as […]

The Heckert Family of Northumberland County in the Civil War

| March 23, 2016

In the Genealogical and Biographical Annals of Northumberland County, by J. L. Floyd and Company, 1911, a biographical sketch appears of the ancestry of James F. Heckert (1855-1936).  James F. Heckert was too young to serve in the Civil War, but several his relations did serve.  They are mentioned in the biographical sketch.  [Note:  click […]

John Gemmell, Alias Price – Not Named on Lykens G.A.R. Monument

| January 25, 2016

When John Gemmell died, his obituary that appeared in the 3 March 1903, his obituary that appeared in the Harrisburg Patriot did not mention his Civil War service. John Gemmill After an illness of only a few days John Gemmill of 323 South Fifteenth Street, died yesterday morning at 3 o’clock.  He was sixty-three years […]

A Brief History of the Kissinger G.A.R. Post #376 at Gratz

| December 14, 2015

Gratz is a small community in Upper Dauphin County 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 of the Republic […]