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Some Civil War Connections to Pillow (Part 1 of 3)

| July 15, 2015

On 4 July 2015 I gave the Keynote Speech at the Pillow Historical Society Open House, Pillow, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.  One of the parts of that talk was the identification of twenty-one Civil War veterans who had some connection to Pillow (formerly called Uniontown). Today’s post features the first seven of those men with some […]

Was Preston Saltzer a Drummer Boy?

| July 2, 2014

In the Saltzer family genealogy in A Comprehensive History of the Town of Gratz Pennsylvania, published in 1987, there is a brief reference following the inclusion of the name of Preston Saltzer (15 August 1851 – 1896): Said to be a drummer boy in the Civil War. As with most stories and facts presented in […]

Cyrene T. Bowman – Soldier, Businessman, and Fraternal Leader

| June 12, 2014

Cyrene Bowman enlisted on 9 September 1861 as a Private in Company A of the 50th Pennsylvania Infantry.  He was discharged from service on 23 October 1862.  The following information from his pension application file gives some insight into his experiences in the war: Wounded at the battle near Chantilly, 1 September 1862 – treated […]

Gratz Fair Exhibit Features Women of the Civil War Era

| September 15, 2013

Women and the Civil War – Portraits and Stories is the newest exhibit of the Civil War Research Project   It will preview at the Gratz Fair, beginning today, Sunday, September 15, 2013, at 11 a.m., and continuing to Saturday, September 21, 2013, when the Fair closes. The exhibit description states: This portrait gallery is […]

Additions to Veterans’ List – M (Part 2)

| June 7, 2013

Veterans of the Civil War identified as having some connection to the Lykens Valley area and included in the Civil War Research Project was last updated 19 April 2012.  In a series of posts continuing intermittently until concluding in mid-June, a brief sketch of each of the new names added since then will be presented.  […]