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Pennsylvania Gubernatorial Election of 1866 – The Defeat of a White Supremacist

| September 16, 2016

The Pennsylvania Gubernatorial Election of 1866 pitted a Union General and war hero, John W. Geary, against a avowed racist and white supremacist, Heister Clymer.  Geary headed the Republican or Union ticket and Clymer headed the Democratic or Copperhead ticket. Unlike the Presidential Election of 1860, official vote totals by townships and boroughs were available […]

Widow of Philip W. Keiter Dies in Harrisburg, 1914

| August 8, 2016

Philip W. Keiter was born on 22 June 1833 in Halifax Township, Dauphin County, and died on 6 June 1883.  During the Civil War, he served in the 36th Pennsylvania Infantry Militia, Company C, as a Sergeant, a company that was formed from what was pre-war known as the “Home Guards” or the Gratztown Militia. […]

Adam Jury – Born Millersburg, Died Salisbury Prison

| July 5, 2016

This is some of what is known about Adam Jury who was born near Millersburg and died while a Prisoner of War at Salisbury Prison in North Carolina.  He is another of the many veterans ignored by the Millersburg Soldier Monument, although there are two men with the Jury surname who are included on the […]

Update on Hiram Groff – Captured at Gettysburg, Then Parolled

| April 28, 2016

On 4 November 2014, a post entitled “The Groff Brothers?  Hiram, Valentine and William,” was presented here.  Some questions were asked in that post and readers were asked to submit additional information about the men named Groff.  Note:  A prior post also discussed “Israel M. Groff and Sons – All Civil War Veterans?” The following […]

The Stites Family in the Civil War

| March 9, 2016

William Doubert Stites (1840-1915) is the “W. D. Stites” whose name appears on the Millersburg Soldier Monument. On 31 August 1861, William D. Stites was mustered into service at Harrisburg in the 47th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company D, as a Private.  At the time of enrollment, he gave his age as 21, his residence as Bloomfield, […]