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The 150th Anniversary of the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln – The Lincoln Flag Hoax

| April 14, 2015

  Today marks the 150th Anniversary of one of the great tragedies in American history – the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln.  This post summarizes the conclusions of nearly twenty years of personal research on one of the so-called artifacts of that assassination – a 36-star American flag said to be placed under Lincoln’s head in […]

Philatelic Commemorations of the Lincoln Assassination

| February 23, 2015

The first postal commemoration of the death of Abraham Lincoln was a black, fifteen cent stamp issued on the first anniversary of the assassination, April 1866.  That stamp was described in a previous blog post entitled Early Postage Stamps Honoring Abraham Lincoln. Beginning with the Civil War Centennial, 1961-1965, there was an increase in the […]

Best of 2013: The Lincoln Flag Hoax

| December 27, 2013

“The Lincoln Flag Hoax“, first published on 21 December 2012, was one of the conclusions to a long series on the Lincoln assassination that appeared throughout 2012.   The series took the reader through a chronology of events that supposedly took place at and after the Lincoln assassination and included characters Laura Keene, Jeannie Gourlay, William […]

Williamstown G.A.R. Post Severely Rebuked for Bigotry

| October 30, 2013

An article that appeared in the Harrisburg Patriot of 18 September 1906, stated that “Mandamus is Refused in Williamstown Matter.”  The article referred to an opinion handed down by Judge George Kunkel in the matter of the School Board of Williamstown, Dauphin County, and the request of Catholic parents to allow Catholic students to be […]

Additions to Veterans’ List – R

| June 10, 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.  […]