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Why Does Jacob Umholtz Have a G.A.R. Marker at His Grave in Gratz?

| November 13, 2017

The photo above was recently taken at the Gratz Union Cemetery, Gratz, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, of the grave of Jacob Umholtz, who was born 18 March 1824 in Lykens Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, the son of Johannes “John” Umholtz (1796-1853) and Catherine [Harmon] Umholtz (1795-1880).  Next to the grave marker is a G.A.R. Star-Flag Holder […]

Lykens Valley Ku Klux Klan Events Needing Further Research

| August 25, 2017

Today’s post presents some events involving the Ku Klux Klan that were reported in the Elizabethville Echo.  Each event needs further research. The post is a continuation of the reporting on hate groups that were active in the Lykens Valley area in the years following the Civil War.  It was a widely known fact that […]

Rev. Dr. Henry M. Kieffer – Another Millersburg-area Veteran Not Included on Monument!

| January 27, 2017

Attempting to find all the eligible men who should be included in the Civil War Research Project has been an interesting task, and often, individuals are located who had a definite connection to the Lykens Valley area, but for whatever reason they have been overlooked by local historians.  Such is the case of Rev. Dr. […]

The Brothers David Brown and Samuel E. Brown – Family Photos

| May 12, 2014

Previously, in a post entitled David Brown – 177th Pennsylvania Infantry, two photos of David Brown of Pillow, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, were presented.  Now, another photograph has come to light which shows David Brown (1837-1902) later in life with his four grown children: David Brown is seated in center, between his son John Adam Brown […]

Special Project from June 15 – July 15

| June 13, 2013

From June 15 through July 15, I will be publishing a special series of posts that concern the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg and its effects on the Pennsylvania home front. As an invading army pressed north across the Potomac from Maryland, the diverse people of the Keystone State faced the Union’s most […]