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Lewis F. Hummel – German-born Cavalryman Died in Mount Carmel

| May 13, 2016

The death of Lewis F. Hummel in Shamokin on 30 November 1906 helped to bring to light some interesting information about some ties to several communities in the Lykens Valley area as well as his Civil War service.  His obituary appeared in the Mount Carmel Item on the day he died: VETERAN OF CIVIL WAR […]

Daniel Hoy of Tremont – 17th Pennsylvania Cavalry

| April 21, 2016

A brief notice appeared in the Pine Grove news column of the Lebanon Semi-Weekly News, 26 April 1926: The late Daniel Hoy, whose remains were interred in the Ravine Cemetery, is survived by 59 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. The notice failed to mention that Daniel Hoy was a Civil War veteran. However, his grave is […]

John H. Herring – Died in California, 1912

| April 11, 2016

John Henry Herring was living in Llewellyn, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, when he enrolled in the 50th Pennsylvania Infantry on 19 August 1961.  He was mustered into service in Company A as a Corporal on 9 September 1861, and at a date unknown was promoted to 1st Sergeant.  He remained with the regiment in that capacity […]

Charles Henning – Crushed to Death in 1906

| March 30, 2016

From the Philadelphia Inquirer, 20 February 1906: CARS CRUSH SHANTY:  KILL WAR VETERAN Special to the Inquirer SHAMOKIN, Pennsylvania, 19 February 1906 — While sitting in a shanty near the Reading Railway, near here, to-day, Charles Henning, an aged war veteran and well known local resident, met a horible death. Two freight cars left the […]

Philip C. Swab – A Grand Funeral!

| February 3, 2016

Philip C. Swab is buried at the Maple Grove Cemetery in Elizabethville, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.  During the Civil War, he served in the 208th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company A, as a Private.  He was mustered into service on 30 August 1864 and honorably discharged on 1 June 1865.  In 1870, Swab was a retail dry goods […]