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Lykens Valley Roots of Jared Bohn Faust, Monument Engraver

| February 29, 2016

  The chief engraver of several battlefield monuments at Gettysburg was Jared Bohn Faust, who was born in Berks County, Pennsylvania, on 27 August 1846, the son of Reuben Eirich Faust (1818-1890), a carpenter, and Mary Ann [Bohn] Faust (1812-1874).  Jared spent some of his early years in Lykens Township and Gratz Borough, of Dauphin […]

A Brief History of the Kissinger G.A.R. Post #376 at Gratz

| December 14, 2015

Gratz is a small community in Upper Dauphin County that in 1883 formed a local G.A.R. post.  Much of the history of that post has been lost over time and now needs to be re-created through available resources, among those resources, the Harrisburg and other archived newspapers and the national Grand Army of the Republic […]

Civil War Roots of Korean War POW Buried at Indiantown Gap

| November 22, 2015

On 9 November 2015, Korean War veteran Corporal Martin A. King who died nearly 65 years ago at a prisoner of war camp in Korea, was laid to rest at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, with full military honors. Corporal Martin King of the U.S. Army was captured at Unsan by the […]

Millersburg’s Ties to the American Civil War

| November 9, 2015

  Soldiers for the Cause:  Millersburg’s ties to the American Civil War Program to be held at Colonnade Theater MILLERSBURG — The Historical Society of Millersburg and Upper Paxton Township invites the public to “Soldiers for the Cause:  Millersburg‘s Ties to the American Civil War. The program will be presented November 11, 2015, at 7 p.m. […]

John S. Eckel of Tremont – Fact-Checking a Story of His Confederate Service

| October 28, 2015

On 25 June 1993, a story appeared in the Citizen Standard (Valley View, Pennsylvania), entitled “Traitors: Some Locals Served with Confederates If Unwillingly.”  The story was written by Mark T. Major.  Included was a paragraph about John S. Eckel of Tremont: In Arkansas, John Eckel, a Tremont native, worked as a laborer until he was […]