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Isaac Kemble – “The devil can’t chase these little gnats….”

| June 24, 2016

During the Civil War, Isaac Kemble served with the 47th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company C, as a Corporal, enrolling at Sunbury, Northumberland County on 19 August 1861, and mustered into service in Harrisburg, 2 September 1861.  At the time he was 22 years old (born 1839), was employed as a surveyor, and resided at Sunbury.  He […]

Daniel W. Tobias – Incident at Miners’ Bank, 1875

| March 21, 2016

A brief story appeared in the Harrisburg Telegraph, 27 December 1875, describing an incident involving Civil War veteran Daniel W. Tobias of Jackson Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, which occurred at the Miners’ Deposit Bank: Forgery — On Monday last, Mr. Daniel W. Tobias of Jackson Township stepped into the Miners’ Deposit Bank, of this place, […]

A Brief History of the B. F. Miller G.A.R. Post #393 at Fisherville

| November 30, 2015

Fisherville is a small community in Upper Dauphin County, near Halifax Borough, that in 1883 formed a local G.A.R. post.  Much of the history of that post has been lost over time and now needs to be re-created through available resources, among those resources, the Harrisburg and other archived newspapers and the national Grand Army […]

Daniel W. Tobias – Corrections and Additions

| September 14, 2015

In January 2013, in a post entitled They Served Honorably in Company H, 210th Pennsylvania Infantry, it was incorrectly reported that Daniel W. Tobias moved to Illinois after the war.  It is now known that the man who served in Company H was most commonly known as Daniel Tobias and the man who served in […]

William W. Davidson Dies on Visit to Detroit

| August 19, 2015

William W. Davidson was born in South Manheim Township, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, the son of John H. Davidson and Elizabeth [Schwenk] Davidson, on 18 December 1842.  In the 1860 Census he was single, living in Millersburg, and working as a tanner. In September 1862, William responded to the emergency presented to Pennsylvania by joining the […]