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Isaac Kemble – “The devil can’t chase these little gnats….”

| June 24, 2016

During the Civil War, Isaac Kemble served with the 47th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company C, as a Corporal, enrolling at Sunbury, Northumberland County on 19 August 1861, and mustered into service in Harrisburg, 2 September 1861.  At the time he was 22 years old (born 1839), was employed as a surveyor, and resided at Sunbury.  He […]

Jonathan Hoover – An Exaggerated War Record

| June 10, 2016

According to his death certificate, Jonathan Hoober died in Shamokin on 1 October 1929, and was buried in the Odd Fellows Cemetery.  His place of birth, was given as Lykens, Pennsylvania. Jonathan Hoober is believed to be the Jonathan Hoover who is named on the Lykens G.A.R.Monument. as a Private who was not a member […]

Cornelius Hoke – Wagonmaker, Halifax Native – Died at Renovo

| June 8, 2016

The Williamsport Sun Gazette reported the death of Cornelius Hoke in its 8 January 1913 edition: RENOVO VETERAN ON DEATH’S ROLE [sic] Cornelius Hoke Dies After Long Sickness Aged 71 Years Cornelius Hoke, an aged and respected citizen of this place, died last evening at 6:40 o’clock at his residence on Eleventh Street after a […]

Was Henry B. Hoffman Excused from Military Service Because of a Diseased Eye?

| June 7, 2016

A family story, oft repeated but without any proof, was that Henry B. Hoffman of Millersburg was excused from Civil War military service because of a “diseased eye.”  Instead, he supposedly served on the staff of Gov. James Pollock at the rank of Colonel. An additional feature of this family story is that he served […]

John Peter Crabb – Raising Funds to Help Needy Comrades

| May 23, 2016

John Peter Crabb, Civil War veteran and native of Gratz, Pennsylvania, moved to Harrisburg after the Civil War, where he became a founder and Commander of Stevens Post No. 520, G.A.R.  He was previously profiled here, but not included in that article was a fair conducted by that post in 1889 for the purpose of […]