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George Spangler – 103rd Pennsylvania Infantry

| November 10, 2014

George Spangler, who late in life was a school janitor in Lykens Borough, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, died on 25 January 1921.  He was a Civil War veteran who served in the 2nd Company G of the 103rd Pennsylvania Infantry. The obituary appeared in the Harrisburg Patriot on 28 January 1921: CIVIL WAR VETERAN DIES AS […]

Samuel N. Wells – Halifax Native, Steelton G.A.R. Post Commander

| November 8, 2014

On 17 May 1913 in its section on “News of Steelton,” the Harrisburg Patriot reported the death of Samuel N. Wells, a prominent G.A.R. official of that borough.  The obituary stated that Wells was born in Halifax, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.  Previously, this was not known and Wells had not been included in the Civil War […]

Was John Neubold a Civil War Veteran?

| November 7, 2014

A death notice for John Neubold of Millersburg appeared in the Harrisburg Patriot on 17 February, 1921: JOHN NEUBOLD, 83, DIES Millersburg, 16 February 1921 — John Neubold died at his home on Tuesday from a complication of diseases.  Mr. Neubold was 83 years old and was a native of Germany.   The funeral arrangement […]

The Groff Brothers? – Valentine, Hiram & William

| November 4, 2014

Previously here on this blog there was a discussion of whether Israel M. Groff and three others who could be his sons were all Civil War veterans. One of the things that complicated the research was that two men were identified as Israel M. Groff, one of whom was a doctor. The graves of both […]

The Funeral of George Armstrong of Wiconisco

| October 29, 2014

On 30 October 1880, the Harrisburg Patriot ran the following story: The funeral of Mr. George Armstrong, late of Wiconisco, on Sunday morning was a very large one.  Deceased served faithfully in the Ninth Pennsylvania Cavalry during the late war, and was interred with military honors.  He died rather suddenly of an abscess on the […]