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Benneville Hoyer – Amputee Charged with Selling Liquor Without a License

| August 13, 2014

On 17 January 1891, it was reported in the Harrisburg Patriot that “the grand jury [Dauphin County, Pennsylvania] returned the following true bills….  Benneville Hoyer selling liquor without a license….  These bills were ignored…. Benneville Hoyer, selling liquor to minors.”  What was not stated in the article was that Benneville Hoyer was a Civil War […]

The Charter of the Kilpatrick G.A.R. Post of Millersburg

| March 2, 2014

The original charter of the Kilpatrick Post No. 212, G.A.R., is on display of the Historical Society of Millersburg and Upper Paxton Township at its museum in Millersburg, Pennsylvania (upper right). The above-shown display case contains many original Civil War related-items as well as reproductions including photographs of Civil War veterans.  The photographs at center-left […]

Who Was Benjamin Huff of Millersburg?

| January 24, 2014

The name of Benjamin Huff appears on the Millersburg Soldier Monument, but very little is known about him other than some general information about his military record. According to information on the Pennsylvania Veterans’ Index Card, available from the Pennsylvania Archives, Benjamin Huff was 20 years old when he enrolled in the 7th Pennsylvania Reserves […]

Adjutant Benjamin M. Frank of the 83rd Pennsylvania Infantry

| January 18, 2014

Benjamin M. Frank (1844-1880), also found in the records as Benjamin M. Franke, served as Adjutant for the 83rd Pennsylvania Infantry during the Civil War. On 9 March 1865, Benjamin M. Frank enrolled and was mustered into service of the 83rd Pennsylvania Infantry, Company K, as a 2nd Lieutenant, at Harrisburg.  He was 5 foot, […]

Obituary of William H. Sites

| December 12, 2013

The obituary of William H. Sites appeared in the Elizabethville Echo in 1929: WILLIAM H. SITES William H. Sites, age 81 years, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Frank Rissinger, at Bressler, Pennsylvania, Monday evening.  Mr. Sites was one of the few remaining members of the Millersburg G.A.R. Post. He is survived by […]