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Simon Gratz and the Spy Capture Incident South of Harrisburg, July 1863

| December 18, 2015

Three Harrisburg Men Capture Confederate Spy in the River Col. Demming and Simon Gratz Who Caught “Rebel” Will Meet on Fiftieth Anniversary of Event According to Samuel Bates, an incident occurred on the Susquehanna River, south of Harrisburg, on 2 July 1863, while the Battle of Gettysburg was taking place, in which three Union men […]

Civil War Descendants of Nathaniel Gist

| May 3, 2013

Christopher Gist, an immigrant from England around 1682, settled in the Baltimore area of Maryland in 1691.  His marriage to Edith Cromwell had connected him to one of the prominent lines of English descent, that of Oliver Cromwell, the Lord Protector.  The son of this marriage, Richard Gist (1684-1741), was the father of western explorer […]