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The “Mad Stone” Melarkey – Another Supernatural Story of the Civil War

| April 12, 2016

On 5 April 1899, a story appeared in the Harrisburg Telegraph telling of a “Mad Stone” that was first acquired from the Indians by a Pennsylvania Dutchman, Ferdinand Fred, in the mid-Eighteenth Century, and then was transported to Louden County, Virginia, near where the Battle of Ball’s Bluff was fought during the Civil War.  The […]

Why Are There Ku Klux Klan Uniforms in Gratz?

| May 28, 2014

Displayed on the second floor of the Gratz Historical Society Museum is an offensive exhibit that has been the object of many complaints from visitors and volunteers over the years of its existence.  Three Gratz area Ku Klux Klan uniforms are displayed at the side of a doorway.  Displaying Ku Klux Klan “regalia” is not […]

Jesse Newlin of Tremont and English as a Second Language During the Civil War

| April 12, 2013

Jesse Newlin served for eighteen years as Superintendent of Schools of Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania.  He began his service in 1863, during the Civil War, and concluded his service in 1881, when he was defeated for re-election by George Weiss of Schuylkill Haven.  In 1864, he presented his first annual report on the condition and progress […]

There’s Something About Rough and Ready

| January 25, 2013

A newly released book on the social history of a village at the center of the Mahantongo Valley, Rough and Ready, contains several sections useful for the study of Civil War veterans and their families, including the discovery of another Civil War veteran to be added to the Civil War Research Project – Henry B. […]

Memorial Day 1902

| May 28, 2012

Harvey Monroe Miller, of Elizabethville, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, was a self-educated man who was an avid reader of poetry, biographies, Biblical history, and Pennsylvania German folklore and a prolific writer of and about the same.  His primary business interests were in promoting trade in his hometown, including the luring of many businesses to the place […]