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Joshua A. Wald – 83rd Pennsylvania Infantry

| December 8, 2017

  Joshua A. Wald, who served in the 83rd Pennsylvania Infantry, Company K, as a Private, from 27 February 1865 to 28 June 1865, died on 18 February 1926 in Dalmatia, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania.   He applied for a pension on 11 July 1890, which he received and was collecting until his death, whereupon his widow, […]

The Heckert Family of Northumberland County in the Civil War

| March 23, 2016

In the Genealogical and Biographical Annals of Northumberland County, by J. L. Floyd and Company, 1911, a biographical sketch appears of the ancestry of James F. Heckert (1855-1936).  James F. Heckert was too young to serve in the Civil War, but several his relations did serve.  They are mentioned in the biographical sketch.  [Note:  click […]

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 […]

Israel M. Groff and Sons – All Civil War Veterans?

| July 24, 2014

In the Middletown Cemetery, Middletown, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, there is a grave marker (above) for an Israel M. Groff, born 27 October 1816 and died 8 January 1893. In the Hummelstown Cemetery, Hummelstown, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, there is a gravemarker for a Dr. Israel M. Groff, born about 1837 and died 12 August 1893. The […]

Where Is the Cannonball that John Deppen Took from the Gettysburg Battlefield?

| October 12, 2013

According to information found in the Genealogy of John W. Deppen with a Brief History of His Ancestors, a copy of which is found in the Schwalm Library of the Gratz Historical Society, John Deppen, “perhaps in the company of others,” traveled to the Gettysburg battlefield and took a “spent cannonball” which was later passed […]