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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 […]

Why Was There a Cross-Burning in Elizabethville?

| April 17, 2015

On Thursday evening, 22 January 2015, a hate crime occurred in Washington Township, just outside the Borough of Elizabethville, at the home of a young African American woman.  The woman, who had moved from Harrisburg to make a better life for herself and her two children was targeted by someone who placed a burning cross […]

Was Preston Saltzer a Drummer Boy?

| July 2, 2014

In the Saltzer family genealogy in A Comprehensive History of the Town of Gratz Pennsylvania, published in 1987, there is a brief reference following the inclusion of the name of Preston Saltzer (15 August 1851 – 1896): Said to be a drummer boy in the Civil War. As with most stories and facts presented in […]