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Millersburg Area African Americans During Civil War Times

| July 29, 2016

Three African American males of Civil War service age were located in 1860s censuses or draft records of the Millersburg and Upper Paxton Township area.  These men are presented here in the hope that a reader can add additional information about them.  Did they serve in the military during the Civil War?  What happened to […]

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 […]