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Joel Kramer – Killed In Storm By Falling Barn Door

| October 6, 2016

On 11 May 1897, The Times of Philadelphia reported the following tragic story: LAY HELPLESS IN A STORM A Mahantongo Farmer Falls from a Barn and Dies After Being Found by Passing Farmers. Special Telegram to THE TIMES. SHAMOKIN, 10 May 1897 —  News of an awful accident reached here today from Mahantongo Township.  Joel […]

Amos Rumberger – Served at End of War in 9th Pennsylvania Cavalry

| September 23, 2016

Amos Rumberger died on 21 June 1892.  He is buried at the Church of God Cemetery in Valley View, Hegins Township, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania.  His stone identifies him as a Civil War veteran of the 9th Pennsylvania Cavalry, and at his grave is an appropriate bronze G.A.R. star-flag holder. Amos Rumberger was born in Lykens […]

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 […]