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Pennsylvania Gubernatorial Election of 1866 – The Defeat of a White Supremacist

| September 16, 2016

The Pennsylvania Gubernatorial Election of 1866 pitted a Union General and war hero, John W. Geary, against a avowed racist and white supremacist, Heister Clymer.  Geary headed the Republican or Union ticket and Clymer headed the Democratic or Copperhead ticket. Unlike the Presidential Election of 1860, official vote totals by townships and boroughs were available […]

Who Was Daniel Jenne of Reed Township?

| June 14, 2016

In the 1890 Veterans’ Census of Reed Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, there appears a Daniel Jenne, with no information given as to his Civil War regiment, company, rank or dates of service. A Civil War soldier named Daniel Jenney has been located in the Veterans’ Card File at the Pennsylvania Archives.  The back of the […]

William A. Hershey – Pennsylvania Boatman & His Southern Connections

| May 17, 2016

On 27 January 1864, William A. Hershey, an 18 year old boatman who claimed he was residing in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, enrolled in the 47th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company D, as a Private.  He was 5 foot, 4 inches tall, had a light complexion, brown eyes and light colored hair.  The Pennsylvania Veterans’ File Card (shown […]

The Death of Capt. William H. Crook

| September 11, 2015

An obituary of William H. Crook, who was born in Clark’s Ferry, appeared in the Harrisburg Telegraph on 17 January 1914: CAPTAIN CROOK, WAR VETERAN AND FORMER CITY OFFICIAL, DIES Taken Ill During Intense Heat of Gettysburg Encampment in July BIRTHDAY EVERY FOUR YEARS Captain William H. Crook, well-known Republican, a prominent Civil War veteran […]

Elias Martin and Levi B. Ditty of Reed Township

| February 12, 2015

Elias Martin (1839-1918) is buried at Highland Cemetery, Dauphin Borough, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.  During the Civil War, he served two enlistments, although only one is named on his grave marker. Elias Martin first enrolled at Duncan’s Island in the Susquehanna River in Company C of the 136th Pennsylvania Infantry on 8 August 1862.  He was […]