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Another Biographical Sketch of Dr. Andrew J. Pontius

| February 2, 2014

Andrew Jackson Pontius, who is named on the Millersburg Soldier Monument, was first featured here on this blog with a biographical sketch on 19 April 2012.  That previous sketch was from the book, A Celebration of Millersburg’s Bicentennial. The following biographical information is adapted from A Comprehensive History of the Town of Gratz Pennsylvania, published […]

The Henry Keiser Diary – Selected Entries from Early Winter 1863-1864

| January 29, 2014

According to the history of the 96th Pennsylvania Infantry, the following was undertaken by the regiment during the winter months of 1863-1864: The command went into camp near the confluence of the Aestham with the Rappahannock, and with the exception of the movement to Mine Run, and in support of the cavalry in the reconnaissance […]

The Obituary of Daniel Schaffner

| January 14, 2014

Previously on this blog the story of Daniel Schaffner was presented.  See:  Daniel Schaffner, General Store Merchant.  Early in his life, he learned the trade of store and tavern keeper in Gratz Borough. His Civil War service included the following: 36th Pennsylvania Infantry (Emergency of 1863), Company E, Private.   served from 4 July 1863 through […]

Civil War Officer Commission – Daniel Chester – Discovery and Restoration of a Document

| December 3, 2013

In a shoebox filled with old receipts, letters and other ephemera a rather beat-up Civil War commission for the rank of First Lieutenant was found – for none other than Daniel Chester, believed to be the namesake of the G.A.R. Post at Williamstown, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.  The document was discovered in  four large pieces and […]

Obituary of Francis Wyeth of Harrisburg – Hospital Commissioner During Civil War

| November 21, 2013

The obituary of Francis Wyeth of Harrisburg appeared in the Harrisburg Patriot on 3 July 1893.  The second Mrs. Wyeth, who survived him, was the sister of Ann Ellen Carson who was the widow of Theodore Gratz, the first mayor of Gratz, Pennsylvania, and the mother of John Carson Gratz, who died during the Civil […]