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Who Was John Donnelly of Joliett?

| September 29, 2015

The above Pennsylvania Veterans’ Index Card from the Pennsylvania Archives give some of the information that is know about John Donnelly (sometimes referred to the records as John Donnely). John Donnelly was about 24 years old (born about 1837) when he enrolled in the 96th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company H, as a Private, at Tremont, Schuylkill […]

Some Civil War Connections to Pillow (Part 1 of 3)

| July 15, 2015

On 4 July 2015 I gave the Keynote Speech at the Pillow Historical Society Open House, Pillow, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.  One of the parts of that talk was the identification of twenty-one Civil War veterans who had some connection to Pillow (formerly called Uniontown). Today’s post features the first seven of those men with some […]

Schuylkill Banks – Reclaiming a Civil War-Era Dump

| December 17, 2014

In October 2014, Philadelphia residents and visitors were treated to the opening of a new section of the Schuylkill River Trail – a “boardwalk” in the river running from Walnut Street to South Street and extending the ambitious trail further south and bringing it closer to completion. The “boardwalk” is actually a bridge with a […]

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 […]