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Michael Polm – Died in Government Hospital in 1917

| July 14, 2014

Previously on this blog, Michael Polm was featured as part of the post entitled Methodist Cemetery, Williamtown (Part 3 of 3).  The following was then stated: Michael Polm (1835-1917).  According to pension records, Michael Polm first served in the 10th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company F, as a Private, from 26 April 1861 through 31 July 1861.  […]

Joseph Russell – 9th Pennsylvania Cavalry

| May 29, 2014

Previously, on this blog, it was written: Joseph Russell, [probably] the son of David Russell and Catharine Russell, of Washington Township, Dauphin County, was a laborer who served in the 9th Pennsylvania Cavalry, Company B, as a Private.  He was captured and held as a prisoner of war at Andersonville, Georgia [Note: Andersonville has not […]

Another Biographical Sketch of Dr. Andrew J. Pontius

| February 2, 2014

Andrew Jackson Pontius, who is named on the Millersburg Soldier Monument, was first featured here on this blog with a biographical sketch on 19 April 2012.  That previous sketch was from the book, A Celebration of Millersburg’s Bicentennial. The following biographical information is adapted from A Comprehensive History of the Town of Gratz Pennsylvania, published […]

Who Was Thomas Elder and Why Was He Visiting Elizabethville in 1908?

| August 16, 2013

A brief notice appearing in the Elizabethville Echo in 1908 mentioned that a Thomas Elder of Newkirk, Oklahoma was visiting relatives and friends in Elizabethville, that he was a Civil War veteran, and that he had attended the ceremonies for unveiling the new American Flag containing forty-six stars at Independence Hall in Philadelphia on July […]

Additions to Veterans’ List – W, Y and Z

| June 14, 2013

Veterans of the Civil War identified as having some connection to the Lykens Valley area and included in the Civil War Research Project was last updated 19 April 2012.  In a series of posts continuing intermittently until concluding in mid-June, a brief sketch of each of the new names added since then will be presented.  […]