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John O’Hara – Ourselves to Know

| August 26, 2016

“The late American historian Shelby Foote remarked that the following passage from Ourselves to Know [by novelist John O’Hara] is ‘…the single finest thing ever written about the Civil War.’”* A few months after the visit of the cavalrymen and a few weeks after the Fourth of July the noon train brought home two men […]

Who is John Kicher? Named on Lykens G.A.R. Monument

| August 17, 2016

Information is sought on “John Kicher” who is named on the Lykens G.A.R. Monument as a veteran who served in the Civil War as a Private and joined the Heilner Post in Lykens after its organization (meaning he was not a Charter Member). Please submit information either as a comment to this post or send […]

Who is Jerry Kerchner? Named on Lykens G.A.R. Monument

| August 15, 2016

Information is sought on “Jerry Kerchner” who is named on the Lykens G.A.R. Monument as a veteran who served in the Civil War as a Private and joined the Heilner Post in Lykens after its organization (meaning he was not a Charter Member). Please submit information either as a comment to this post or send […]

Anton Haake – 9th Pennsylvania Cavalry – Not Recognized on Lykens Monument

| July 22, 2016

On 24 October 1864, Anthony “Anton” Haake, aged about 34, enrolled at Harrisburg in the 9th Pennsylvania Cavalry, Company D, as a Private.  He was honorably discharged on 18 July 1865, and the record shows that he returned to his home in Lykens, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. The return to Lykens is known because when he […]

Joseph Jeneskey – Another Lykens Soldier Not Regognized on G.A.R. Monument

| July 15, 2016

On 26 April 1861, Joseph Jeneskey answered the call to arms by enrolling at Lykens Borough in the 10th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company F. as a Private.  At the time, he gave his residence as Lykens, his occupation as miner, and his age as 21 (born about 1840). In 1890, a Joseph Jenaskie appeared in Shamokin […]