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Elias Martin and Levi B. Ditty of Reed Township

| February 12, 2015

Elias Martin (1839-1918) is buried at Highland Cemetery, Dauphin Borough, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.  During the Civil War, he served two enlistments, although only one is named on his grave marker. Elias Martin first enrolled at Duncan’s Island in the Susquehanna River in Company C of the 136th Pennsylvania Infantry on 8 August 1862.  He was […]

Jacob W. Bowers – Halifax Area Veteran

| November 22, 2014

Jacob W. Bowers was born 18 January 1846 at Halifax, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, the son of Adam Bower (1818-1885) and Mary Bower (1820-1856).  The family name is found both as Bower and Bowers as can be seen by the various records presented here in this blog post. At the time of the Civil War, Jacob […]

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 […]

Reunions of the 9th Pennsylvania Cavalry Held in Lykens

| October 10, 2014

Following the Civil War, many Pennsylvania regiments tried to hold annual reunions of their members.  One of the most successful of the Pennsylvania regiments in this regard was the 9th Pennsylvania Cavalry as the following news article from the Harrisburg Patriot of 11 June 1909 attests: FORTIETH REUNION OF NINTH CAVALRY Flag Presented by Ladies […]

Abner M. Pike Dies at Halifax in 1902

| May 21, 2014

In late 1902, readers of the Harrisburg Patriot could follow closely the demise and eventual death of Abner M. Pike, a Civil War veteran who had served in the 192nd Pennsylvania Infantry, Company H, and was a member of the Slocum G.A.R. Post at Halifax, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.  An early statement appearing in the 17 […]