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Anton Haake – 9th Pennsylvania Cavalry – Not Recognized on Lykens Monument

| July 22, 2016

On 24 October 1864, Anthony “Anton” Haake, aged about 34, enrolled at Harrisburg in the 9th Pennsylvania Cavalry, Company D, as a Private.  He was honorably discharged on 18 July 1865, and the record shows that he returned to his home in Lykens, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. The return to Lykens is known because when he […]

Jacob Keener Jr. – Lykens Resident, Moved to Kansas

| July 13, 2016

Jacob Keener, son of Jacob Keener (1823-1902) and Barbara [Weltmer] Keener (1822-1901) enrolled in the 127th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company D, as a Private, in Harrisburg, on 7 August 1862.  He gave his age as 19, his occupation as farmer, and his residence as Lykens.  He is one of many Civil War veterans who at one […]

Isaac Koppenhaver – Hotel Proprietor of Millersburg

| July 11, 2016

  Isaac Koppenhaver (1849-1900) was a well-known businessman of Millersburg and was a Civil War veteran. The Harrisburg Telegraph of 26 September 1900, told of his funeral: Isaac Koppenhaver Buried Millersburg, 26 September 1900 — All that was mortal of the late Isaac Koppenhaver – genial “Koppy” to a thousand friends – was laid to […]

Edward Crabb – Victim of Bigotry in Gratz

| July 1, 2016

Another Memorial Day has gone by and the grave of Edward Crabb, an African American Civil War soldier buried in Gratz Union Cemetery, continues to be un-decorated [no G.A.R.-Star-Flag-Holder and Flag].  In addition to being un-decorated, the Crabb family plot is one of the worst maintained in a cemetery which is known for its manicured […]

John Kerstetter – Died of Disease in Tennessee, 1864

| June 29, 2016

John Kerstetter was born 16 February 1839 in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, the son of Michael Kerstetter, a farmer and laborer, and Elizabeth [Martz] Kerstetter.  The family lived in Coal Township in 1840, 1850, and 1860. On 30 September 1861, at Lykens, John enrolled in the 9th Pennsylvania Cavalry, and was mustered into Company B as […]