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Adam Hand – Tower City Area Veteran Moved to Illinois

| February 12, 2016

One piece of information, a picture of a grave marker, has led to the solving of a mystery about a name found on the Tower City Veterans’ Memorial.  As a result of finding the picture, much more is now known about Adam Hand, a Civil War veteran from the Tower City area. In a 28 […]

Albert P. Schoffstall – 2nd Lieutenant in the 6th Pennsylvania Infantry

| July 11, 2014

Albert P. Schoffstall (1830-1902) is buried at the Donaldson Cemetery, Donaldson, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. He was a Civil War veteran having served in the 6th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company G, as a 2nd Lieutenant.  On 22 April 1861 Albert enrolled at Llewellyn, Schuylkill County and then reported to Harrisburg to be mustered into service.  At the […]

The Great Shohola Train Wreck – Was the Coal Train in a Hurry?

| May 30, 2014

On the same day that the New York Times reported on the Great Shohola Train Wreck, there appeared in that newspaper on the same page and just under the train wreck report, an article telling of the government seizure of the Reading Railroad and all its branches and of the almost total stoppage of the […]

The Shamokin Soldiers’ Circle – Photographs 147 – 158

| May 7, 2014

Today’s post on the Shamokin Cemetery’s Soldiers’ Circle features all the graves in the inner circle, first and second quadrants, beginning with photograph 147.  The photographs in this segment are numbered 147 through 158.  All of the stones in this section are sequenced in the order of the death of the veteran – and some […]

Daniel Engle of Schuylkill County – Died in Rebel Prison

| May 1, 2014

Daniel Engle (or Engel) enrolled in the 96th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company H, as a Private, on 1 October 1861, at Donaldson, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, and was mustered into service on the same day at Pottsville.  He gave his age as 32, but other records indicate he was actually born in 1829 and was closer to […]