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Civil War Blog

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Why Was There a Cross-Burning in Elizabethville?

| April 17, 2015

On Thursday evening, 22 January 2015, a hate crime occurred in Washington Township, just outside the Borough of Elizabethville, at the home of a young African American woman.  The woman, who had moved from Harrisburg to make a better life for herself and her two children was targeted by someone who placed a burning cross […]

Was a Civil War Memorial Ever Erected at Dauphin Borough?

| March 16, 2015

  In late 1919, two newspapers reported plans to move a large boulder from Short Mountain between Lykens Township and Wiconisco Township in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, to the Borough of Dauphin, which was on the Susquehanna River just south of Halifax and just north of Harrisburg.  The idea was to create a memorial to area […]

Two Lost Men with a Lykens Township Connection

| March 3, 2015

On 23 February 1888, there appeared a letter to the editor of the National Tribune requesting information on two men who went off to war from New York City in 1862 and were never heard from again.  Included in the letter is a reference to Gratz, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, and a farmer named H. B. […]

Jacob Kissinger – A Photograph and Additional Documents

| December 3, 2014

Jacob Kissinger was born on 14 November 1843 in Lykens Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.  During the Civil War, he served in the Emergency Militia that was formed from the Home Guards in Gratz when Lee invaded Pennsylvania, and in the 9th Pennsylvania Cavalry.  Two prior blog posts gave some information about his life and service.  […]

Edward Thomas – 50th Pennsylvania Infantry

| December 2, 2014

On 1 April 1872, Edward Thomas of Gratz, was killed at the colliery at Short Mountain, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, by a “fall of rock.”  His body was recovered and he was buried at Gratz Union Cemetery (then called Simeon’s Cemetery).  He was exactly 32 years old at the time of his death.  A G.A.R. star-flag […]