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Three Unusual Deaths of Civil War Soldiers in 1903

| May 7, 2015

LONGEVITY – From the Harrisburg Patriot, 11 February 1903: Pennsylvania Veteran Dead at 104 Philadelphia, 10 February 1903 — Lewis Butler, colored, aged 104 years, died at his home in this city today of general debility.  He was born in York, Pennsylvania, and was a veteran of the Civil War, serving as a Sergeant in […]

Capt. William E. Miller – Medal of Honor at Gettysburg

| April 7, 2015

For his actions at Gettysburg, Captain William E. Miller was awarded the Medal of Honor and he is recognized at the Pennsylvania Medal of Honor Memorial in Harrisburg: During the Civil War, William E. Miller served only one enlistment and that was with the 3rd Pennsylvania Cavalry.  He was mustered into service at Washington, D. […]

Who Was Philip Holler Who Died in Williamstown in 1904?

| March 26, 2015

The Harrisburg Patriot of 1 June 1904 reported the death of Phil Haller, at Williamstown. WILLIAMSTOWN From the Patriot Correspondent WILLIAMSTOWN, 31 May 1904 — Phil Haller, a Civil War veteran, died at his home of asthma and dropsy. He was seventy-four years of age. His funeral was held on Saturday at 2 p.m.  The […]

Civil War Nurse – Martha Armstrong Wiestling

| March 24, 2015

The following obituary appeared in the Harrisburg Patriot, 6 Feb 1906: DEATH OF MRS. WIESTLING, NOTED CIVIL WAR NURSE Mrs. Martha Wiestling, who during the Civil War was matron of several of the impoverished hospitals in this city, died yesterday morning at age eighty-three years.  She had been a resident for many years of this […]

William B. Meetch – Had Connections to All of Dauphin County

| March 10, 2015

The following is the obituary of William B. Meetch as it appeared in the Harrisburg Telegraph, 3 September 1919: Former Power in Local Politics is Dead at Advanced Age WILLIAM B. MEETCH, LONG PROMINENT, IS DEAD Was for Years Repubilcan Leader and Widely-Known Hunter of Big Game LOVER OF OUTDOOR LIFE Although 75 Years Old […]