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The Funeral of George Armstrong of Wiconisco

| October 29, 2014

On 30 October 1880, the Harrisburg Patriot ran the following story: The funeral of Mr. George Armstrong, late of Wiconisco, on Sunday morning was a very large one.  Deceased served faithfully in the Ninth Pennsylvania Cavalry during the late war, and was interred with military honors.  He died rather suddenly of an abscess on the […]

Henry Keiser and the Whiskey Ration

| September 15, 2014

The print of a political cartoon shown here is from Harper’s Weekly, June 1862, and is available at the Library of Congress.  How much whiskey was “too much whiskey?”  Was there a “whiskey ration” during the Civil War?  The following quotes are from another blog: For additional relief from the meager and unappetizing meals, whiskey […]

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 […]

John Coffield of Schuylkill County – Died at Richmond

| April 27, 2014

On 12 September 1861, a 25 year-old John Coffield enrolled in the 96th Pennsylvania Infantry at Tremont, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania.  On 23 September, he was mustered into Company H as a Private.  The record indicates that he died on 11 November 1864, at Richmond, Virginia.  His name was found in a list of Schuylkill County […]

The Shamokin Soldiers’ Circle – Photographs 51 – 59

| March 27, 2014

Today’s post on the Shamokin Cemetery’s Soldiers’ Circle features nine graves in the outer circle, third quadrant, beginning with photograph 51.  The photographs in this segment are numbered 51 through 59.  All of the stones in this section are sequenced in the order of the death of the veteran.  For each of the veterans, the […]