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John E. Roberts – Killed in Virginia, 1862

| June 6, 2017

The name John Roberts appears on the Lykens G.A.R. Monument as a Civil War soldier who was killed in action.  At first, it was difficult to identify him, but recently, a Pennsylvania Veterans’ File Card was located for a John E. Roberts, who lived in Dauphin County at the time of his enlistment. An 18 […]

The Henry Keiser Diary – Selected Entries from Early Winter 1863-1864

| January 29, 2014

According to the history of the 96th Pennsylvania Infantry, the following was undertaken by the regiment during the winter months of 1863-1864: The command went into camp near the confluence of the Aestham with the Rappahannock, and with the exception of the movement to Mine Run, and in support of the cavalry in the reconnaissance […]

Fire Destroys the Lykens Register, 1900

| January 7, 2014

A cool breeze nipped at Isaac Deitrich as he tramped home in the darkness. It was a little before midnight on the evening of December 5, 1900 when his late shift in the mines let out. Wiconisco and Lykens lay below him in the twilight, only dim shadows marking where each town began. He left […]

Additions to Veterans’ List – B (Part 1 of 2)

| May 16, 2013

Veterans of the Civil War identified as having some connection to the Lykens Valley area and included in the Civil War Research Project was last updated 19 April 2012.  In a series of posts continuing intermittently until concluding in mid-June, a brief sketch of each of the new names added since then will be presented.  […]

Death and Funeral of Capt. Richard Budd

| March 28, 2012

DEATHS AND FUNERALS CAPTAIN RICHARD BUDD LYKENS, 22 January 1904.— The great, well-known, patriotic, generous Capt. Richard Budd of Williamstown, passed away at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, after a lingering illness.  About two years and a-half ago he suffered a fracture of the right ankle from which he never recovered, and this, together with the death […]