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Isaac Kemble – “The devil can’t chase these little gnats….”

| June 24, 2016

During the Civil War, Isaac Kemble served with the 47th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company C, as a Corporal, enrolling at Sunbury, Northumberland County on 19 August 1861, and mustered into service in Harrisburg, 2 September 1861.  At the time he was 22 years old (born 1839), was employed as a surveyor, and resided at Sunbury.  He […]

Elizabeth Imschweiler’s Obituary Connected Her to a Civil War Soldier from Tremont

| June 3, 2016

When Elizabeth Imschweiler died in 1908, her obituary did not mention that she was the widow of a Civil War veteran, but it did contain information about Peter Imschweiler, who, according to Civil War veteran records, served in the 173rd Pennsylvania Infantry, Company H, as a Sergeant.  The obituary, which appeared in the Lebanon County […]

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 […]