Civil War Blog

A project of PA Historian

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 […]

Best of 2011 – The Pennsylvania Dutch

| December 26, 2011

This is the second in a series of re-posts on the best and most popular blog entries on this Civil War Blog.  Today’s re-post is actually a series of posts on the Pennsylvania Dutch that began at the end of the year 2010 and continued into continued into 2011.  The first post in the series […]

Midwives and the Civil War – Specktown’s Becky Rickert

| March 10, 2011

On the third day of the Battle of Gettsyburg, 3 July 1863, Mary Virginia “Jennie” Wade was killed inside a home by a stray bullet while she was baking bread for hungry Union troops and thus became the only civilian casualty of the battle.  Prior to this domestic exercise, she had faithful done her morning […]