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Henry A. Martz – Lifelong Railroad Man, Served in 127th Pennsylvania Infantry

| February 3, 2017

Henry A. Martz was born 11 December 1831 in Elizabethville, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, the son of Daniel Martz (1810-1844) and Hannah [Buffington] Martz (1812-1897). His name appears on the Lykens G.A.R. Monument as a Private who joined the Heilner Post after its organization. The obituary of Henry A. Martz appeared in the Lykens Standard, 12 […]

Edward B. Martz – 9th Pennsylvania Cavalry

| February 1, 2017

Edward B. Martz was born on 23 July 1843, the son of Charles F. Martz (1817-1880) and Elizabeth Ann [Haas] Martz (1821-1849). On 20 September 1861, Edward Martz enrolled at Lykens Borough in the 9th Pennsylvania Cavalry, Company B, and on 7 October 1861, he was mustered into service as a Private.  At the time, […]

Who Was Gustavus Martin – On Lykens Monument?

| January 23, 2017

The name Gustavus Martin appears on the Lykens G.A.R. Monument as a veteran of the Civil War who joined the Heilner Post after its organization. A search of the military records notes that Gustavus Martin first enrolled in the 8th Pennsylvania Cavalry, Company F, as a Private on 3 March 1865, and was mustered into […]

Who Was John McCurtin Who Enrolled at Berrysburg then Deserted in Indiana?

| January 16, 2017

The Pennsylvania Veterans’ File Card for John McCurtin (shown above from the Pennsylvania Archives), indicates that a 45 year old John McCurtin, enlisted at Berrysburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania on 25 September 1861, in the 9th Pennsylvania Cavalry, Company B.  At the time, he indicated that he resided in Dauphin County and was a stone cutter […]

Who Was John McDermot – On Lykens Monument?

| January 13, 2017

The name Owen McDermot appears on the Lykens G.A.R. Monument as an area veteran who was not a member of the Heilner G.A.R. Post.  Who was he? The only person of that name who was found in the Pennsylvania Veterans’ Card File was Owen McDermott, who at 18 years old, enrolled in the 136th Pennsylvania […]