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James P. Wilson – 2nd United States Colored Troops

| February 24, 2015

A news story that appeared in the Harrisburg Patriot on 15 April 1907 told of the untimely death of a Civil War veteran, James P. Wilson: COLORED VETERAN FALLS FROM TRAIN AND DIES OF INJURY By Associated Press to the Patriot Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, 14 April 1907 — James Wilson, colored, a veteran of the Civil […]

Obituary of Frank N. Douden of Millersburg

| February 20, 2015

On 23 March 1917 a brief obituary appeared in the Harrisburg Patriot noting the death of a prominent businessman of Millersburg, Frank N. Douden.  Although the obituary gave his middle initial as “S,” it is the same person who served in the Civil War in Company G of the 96th Pennsylvania Infantry. Frank S. Douden […]

Obituary of Major John W. Simpson

| February 17, 2015

Major John W. Simpson was an African American Civil War veteran from Philadelphia who settled in Harrisburg after the war.  He died on 6 April 1899 and is buried in Lincoln Cemetery in Harrisburg.  The Harrisburg Patriot commemorated his life with a lengthy obituary: MAJOR J. W. SIMPSON Prominent Colored Citizen of This City Passes […]

Rev. John Quincy Adams – Harrisburg Preacher & Civil Rights Leader Was Once a Slave

| February 13, 2015

From the Harrisburg Patriot, of 13 January 1917: REV. J. Q. ADAMS, ONCE SLAVE, DIES Retired Colored Preacher Was Formerly Coachman to Judge Pearson, and for Years a Conspicuous Figure Here The Rev. John Quincy Adams, retired local colored preacher of the Wesley Union connection, former slave and known to all the older families of […]

Cassius Mars – Founder of Stevens Post in Harrisburg

| February 6, 2015

On 8 April 1914, the Harrisburg Patriot reported that Cassius Mars had died: WAR VETERAN DIES Cassius Mars, aged 71 years, a Civil War veteran, died Monday at his home, 1201 North Fourth Street, after a few days’ illness, of pneumonia.  He was a charter member of David R. Stevens Post No. 520, Grand Army […]