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Fire Destroys Hoffman’s Civil War Museum in Lykens, 1912

| January 20, 2015

On 12 November 1912 a massive fire consumed several factories and homes in Lykens Borough, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.  One of the destroyed homes was owned by Michael M. Hoffman, a Civil War veteran who had the distinction of serving in a First Defender’s infantry regiment, a emergency state militia regiment, and a cavalry regiment – […]

Rev. V. H. Berghaus – Defender of Harrisburg, Builder of Lykens Church

| December 22, 2014

The obituary of Rev. Valentine H. Berghaus appeared in the Harrisburg Patriot on 23 March 1910.  Although he did not officially serve in a Civil War regiment, he volunteered as a youth when he believed his home town was in danger.  Later, after receiving his education at Princeton and his ordination, he organized his first […]

Josiah Folk – Died of Heart Disease at Cleveland, Tennessee, 1864

| November 19, 2014

Josiah Folk (or Foulk or Fulk as he is sometimes found in the records) was born about 1829, probably in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.  In the 1850 census of Wiconisco Township, Dauphin County, he is found as a blacksmith.  Living in his household were his wife Susanna [Riegle] Folk, working as a milliner, and infant daughter, […]

Report on the Drowning of Lt. David H. Nissley

| November 11, 2014

On 8 July 1862, the Louisville Journal* reported the following news item about the drowning of Lieutenant David H. Nissley, Company G, of the 9th Pennsylvania Cavalry: BOWLING GREEN, Kentucky, 7 July 1862 — Our gallant and brave Lieutenant Nissley, of the Ninth Pennsylvania Cavalry, was drowned while bathing in the river at this place […]

George Spangler – 103rd Pennsylvania Infantry

| November 10, 2014

George Spangler, who late in life was a school janitor in Lykens Borough, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, died on 25 January 1921.  He was a Civil War veteran who served in the 2nd Company G of the 103rd Pennsylvania Infantry. The obituary appeared in the Harrisburg Patriot on 28 January 1921: CIVIL WAR VETERAN DIES AS […]