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The Poffenberger Cousins of Dauphin County

| August 27, 2013

Three members of the Poffenberger family of Dauphin County have been located in the Civil War military records.  They are Joseph H. Poffenberger (1835-1867), William L. Poffenberger (1847-1920), and William H. Poffenberger (1839-1893).  These three men were first cousins, since their fathers were brothers and they had a common grandfather, William Poffenberger (1783-1842).  Previously, a […]

Troop Train Wreck on Northern Central Railroad

| July 9, 2013

  -Evening Telegraph, July 11, 1863 Serious Accident.—From the Sunbury American we learn that an accident occurred on the Northern Central Railroad on Monday afternoon, near Port Trevorton. A cow sprang on the track suddenly, from behind a wood pile. The result was, the locomotive was run off the track, the mail and baggage car […]

Michael Haverstick – Died at Chattanooga in 1864 – The Care of War Orphans

| January 26, 2013

The name of Michael Haverstick appears on the Millersburg Soldier Monument.  Haverstick served in the 16th U.S. Infantry Regiment of the Regular Army, Company H, as a Private.  He was mustered into service on 25 February 1864, at York County, Pennsylvania.  At the time of his enrollment, he was 43 years old, was a miller […]

John C. Herman – Tobacconist and Mayor of Harrisburg

| January 23, 2013

During the Civil War, John C. Herman served in Company K, 130th Pennsylvania Infantry, as a Private.  He enrolled at York, York County, Pennsylvania, and was mustered into service in Harrisburg, 9 August 1862.  By 28 December 1862, he was sick from “hemorrhoids and rheumatism in the back” and was sent to a hospital in […]

The Great Locomotive Chase

| December 23, 2012

The Andrews’ Raid, also known as the Great Locomotive Chase, was a military action in northern Georgia that occurred on 12 April 1862.  James J. Andrews, a northern civilian scout, along with volunteers from several Ohio regiments, captured a train on the Western and Atlantic Railroad (W&ARR) and moved it toward Chattanooga, Tennessee.  The objective […]