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Civil War Blog

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Death of Isaac P. Messner – Kicked Overboard by a Horse

| November 17, 2014

An entry in a 9th Pennsylvania Cavalryman’s diary read as follows: Saturday 30th [November 1861] – In the morning about 4 A.M. another excitement On board the Arago owing to a report that Isaac Messner was kicked over board by one of the Horses on board the Anglo Saxon… one of Co. B…. Both sides […]

George Spangler – 103rd Pennsylvania Infantry

| November 10, 2014

George Spangler, who late in life was a school janitor in Lykens Borough, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, died on 25 January 1921.  He was a Civil War veteran who served in the 2nd Company G of the 103rd Pennsylvania Infantry. The obituary appeared in the Harrisburg Patriot on 28 January 1921: CIVIL WAR VETERAN DIES AS […]

The Groff Brothers? – Valentine, Hiram & William

| November 4, 2014

Previously here on this blog there was a discussion of whether Israel M. Groff and three others who could be his sons were all Civil War veterans. One of the things that complicated the research was that two men were identified as Israel M. Groff, one of whom was a doctor. The graves of both […]

Benjamin Kratzer – Veteran Dies in Dauphin County Almshouse

| October 24, 2014

A brief death notice appeared in the Harrisburg Patriot on 5 May 1887: His Name Only Known. Benjamin Gratzer, who died at the county almshouse on Monday night, and late a member of Company B, Ninth Pennsylvania Cavalry [9th Pennsylvania Cavalry]. will be buried this afternoon from the undertaking establishment of E. F. Neely, under […]

Jonathan J. Hoke – Shoemaker of Elizabethville

| October 22, 2014

The shoemaker, Jonathan J. Hoke (1825-1903) is buried at Matter’s Church Cemetery, Elizabethville, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.  At his grave, there is a G.A.R. star-flag holder.  The photograph (above) is linked to the Findagrave Memorial for Jonathan J. Hoke.  In a recent visit to the Matter’s Church Cemetery, a photograph was taken for the Civil War […]