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Theodore Chester – Merchant, Hotelman and G.A.R. Commander

| January 22, 2015

  Theodore Chester (1846-1914) served in the Civil War in the 136th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company C, as a Private from 16 August 1862 through his honorable discharge on 29 May 1863.  He enrolled and was mustered in at Harrisburg claiming to be 21 years old, when in fact he was only 16. His obituary appeared […]

Fire Destroys Hoffman’s Civil War Museum in Lykens, 1912

| January 20, 2015

On 12 November 1912 a massive fire consumed several factories and homes in Lykens Borough, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.  One of the destroyed homes was owned by Michael M. Hoffman, a Civil War veteran who had the distinction of serving in a First Defender’s infantry regiment, a emergency state militia regiment, and a cavalry regiment – […]

Four Who Claimed Association with Jeff Davis

| January 4, 2015

At the time of death of individuals, when their families are required to present them in the best light in an  obituary, often undocumented claims are made about their lives and sometimes their achievements are cast in terms of how they performed their duties or had personal connections with famous historical characters.  Both Lincoln and […]

Some African Americans with Civil War Connections Who Died in 1910

| December 30, 2014

The obituaries of four men who died in 1910 in Harrisburg provide an opportunity for further research for someone interested in the role played by African Americans in the Civil War.  Presented here are: (1) Edward Lowery; (2) Eli Gray; (3) William H. Harris; and (4) Gideon Williams. —————————- From the Harrisburg Patriot, 6 June […]

More Information on William C. Armor

| December 16, 2014

The obituary of William C. Armor (1842-1911) has been located in the Harrisburg Patriot of 14 August 1911.  The portrait above was included with the obituary and was attributed to the photographer “Roshon.”  Previously on this blog, a post entitled William C. Armor – Historian and Bookseller was presented.  This post adds the text of […]