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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 […]

Confederate Veterans Buried in Dauphin County?

| May 10, 2016

The following message was forwarded to The Civil War Blog by Barry Stocker, regular contributor of information on Civil War soldiers from the Klingerstown, Schuylkill County, area. I found an interesting story about some Confederate POW’s used by an Iron Baron by the name of Grubb. They died while being used for slave labor in […]

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

| July 29, 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 final seven of those men with some […]

Repasz Band Plays at Appomattox Anniversary

| April 15, 2015

The following e-mail was received last week from Barry Stocker, a resident of Klingerstown, Schuylkill County, and a historian of the Repasz Band of Williamsport, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania: We have returned home after playing a historical and emotional concert at Appomattox Courthouse. Ed Bearss was there and was presented a Küntsler painting. James Robertson was […]

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 […]