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Was Henry B. Hoffman Excused from Military Service Because of a Diseased Eye?

| June 7, 2016

A family story, oft repeated but without any proof, was that Henry B. Hoffman of Millersburg was excused from Civil War military service because of a “diseased eye.”  Instead, he supposedly served on the staff of Gov. James Pollock at the rank of Colonel. An additional feature of this family story is that he served […]

Two Men Named George Hinkle

| April 19, 2016

Two men named George Hinkle, both associated with the Lykens Valley area of Pennsylvania, saw Civil War service.  They can be differentiated by their middle initial and regiment/company of service.  It does not appear that they are closely related, although additional research could prove otherwise. George W. Hinkle (1843-1878) George W. Hinkle is buried at […]

Smaller Civil War Railroad Stations En Route on the Lykens Valley Railroad

| April 18, 2016

Other than the main railroad stations on the Lykens Valley Railroad at Lykens Borough, Elizabethville, and Millersburg (Lenkerville), there were at least three other smaller stations en route.  Previously on this blog, a post featured the Oak Dale Station and the Civil War.  As mentioned in that post, the stop at Oak Dale later became […]

Selected Items from the Pension Files of Mrs. Daniel Williard

| April 5, 2016

Daniel Williard is buried at Zion (Klinger’s) Cemetery at Erdman, Lykens Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.  His grave marker is a government issue stone which notes that he served in the 177th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company I. Daniel Williard is honored on the Lykens G.A.R. Monument.  He’s named as a Private who was a member of the […]

Lykens Valley Roots of Jared Bohn Faust, Monument Engraver

| February 29, 2016

  The chief engraver of several battlefield monuments at Gettysburg was Jared Bohn Faust, who was born in Berks County, Pennsylvania, on 27 August 1846, the son of Reuben Eirich Faust (1818-1890), a carpenter, and Mary Ann [Bohn] Faust (1812-1874).  Jared spent some of his early years in Lykens Township and Gratz Borough, of Dauphin […]