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The Curious Case of Dr. Charles H. Miller

| May 29, 2013

A rare thing is to hear the Civil War years as described through the eyes of a child who grew up in the shadow of the war. Dr. Charles H. Miller, originally of Lykens, gives us that exact thing in a book he published as a young college graduate of the University of Pennsylvania medical […]

Gratz During the Civil War – James Novinger House

| January 13, 2012

A Swiss immigrant, Jean Pierre Williard, purchased this property known as Lot #15 in 1818.  He had originally come to America to fight for the British in the Revolution but changed sides and fought for the Colonials.  After the war he settled in Lykens Township.  The lot remained in the Williard (or Willier) family, but […]

Another Devil’s Den Photo from Gettysburg – The Miller Family

| December 11, 2011

In the files of the Gratz Historical Society are a number of unidentified or partially identified photos, some of which pertain to the Civil War.  The photo shown above was contributed to the society with the only identification as, “Devil’s Den, c. 1910., The Miller Family”  The Society has an original print of the photograph.  […]

Honorable Discharges – 177th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company I – Part 6

| December 2, 2011

Today, the blog post  again continues to feature members of the 177th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company I, who served the full term of nine months and received honorable discharges on 5 August 1863.  The research results presented here are based on preliminary data gathering on each of the members of the company and searches for Pension […]

Disability – 177th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company I – Part 2

| October 8, 2011

In the post yesterday, the strange occurrence of  the discharge of all thirteen Columbia County draftees in Company I of the 177th Pennsylvania Infantry on Surgeon’s Certificates of Disability was revealed.  Today the other twelve draftees who were discharged for the same reason will be noted.  Eleven were from Dauphin County and one was from […]