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Civil War Walking Tour of Gratz Revisited

| September 21, 2017

Here are direct links to a series of posts on this blog which describe buildings and sites in Gratz, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, that have a relationship to the Civil War era: Gratz During the Civil War Gratz During the Civil War – Solomon Wolf House Gratz During the Civil War – Zacharias Laudenslager House Gratz […]

Rev. George A. Singer – Militia Man from Millersburg & Halifax

| July 28, 2017

The obituary of George A. Singer appeared in the Pittsburgh Daily Press, 27 August 1910: REV. GEORGE A. SINGER Rev. George A. Singer, 67 years old, for 42 years a member of the Central Pennsylvania Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, died Thursday afternoon in a sanitarium in Roaring Spring, Pennsylvania, where he had been […]

What Happened to John D. Shearer of Gratz?

| July 24, 2017

On 30 August 1861, at Gratz, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, John D. Shearer enrolled in the 50th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company A, as a Private.  He was mustered into service at Harrisburg on 9 March 1861.  The record card shown above from the Pennsylvania Archives notes that John D. Shearer re-enlisted on 1 January 1864, was promoted […]

Update on Edward Crabb, Victim of Bigotry in Gratz

| July 19, 2017

Almost exactly one year after an extremely critical blog post was published here on the Civil War Blog regarding the deplorable condition of an African American family grave plot at the Gratz Union Cemetery, a.k.a., Simeon’s Cemetery, Gratz, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, a small change has now been seen the grave site of Edward Crabb, Civil […]

Aaron Schoffstall – Part of Oil Boom at Titusville

| June 23, 2017

Aaron Schoffstall was born about 10 April 1842 in Jordan Township, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, the son of Henry Schoffstall (1808-1867) and Margaret Rebecca [Wells] Schoffstall (1808-1878).  In 1850, the family was living in Lykens Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, where Henry was a farmer.  In 1860, Aaron was working as a teamster in Gratz. According to […]