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Civil War Blog

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Some Wedding Anniversaries of Veterans in 1919

| August 24, 2015

Two Civil War veterans with connections to the Lykens Valley celebrated long-term marriage anniversaries at the end of 1918 and the end of 1919.  Both anniversaries were reported in the newspapers of 1919. Cloyd C. Bender was born in Perry County, Pennsylvania, but lived most of his life in Halifax where he first worked as […]

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 […]

Jacob Ritzman – Found Dead Along Road

| January 26, 2015

The obituary of bachelor Jacob Ritzman, found in the Harrisburg Patriot of 29 January 1909, reported that he had found dead along the road in Upper Paxton Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.  He was a Civil War veteran having served in the 177th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company I, as a Private. BOYS FOUND DEAD BODY Veteran of […]

How Did Daniel D. Weaver Die?

| December 10, 2014

Daniel D. Weaver was born 13 June 1831, the son of Johann Jacob Weaver (1803-1875) and Catharina [Lenker] Weaver (1798-1862).  In 1850 the family was living in Upper Paxton Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania and Daniel was working as a laborer.  The father Jacob was a farmer and brother John Weaver, age 22  living at home, […]

William H. H. Sieg – Pennsylvania Wartime Secret Service Agent

| November 29, 2014

Not all those who served during the Civil War were members of the military.  In an obituary that appeared in the Harrisburg Patriot on 20 December 1916, the wartime record of William H. H. Sieg was given as “in the secret service under Governor Curtin.” Following a lingering illness, William H. H. Sieg, former postmaster […]