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Amos Rumberger – Served at End of War in 9th Pennsylvania Cavalry

| September 23, 2016

Amos Rumberger died on 21 June 1892.  He is buried at the Church of God Cemetery in Valley View, Hegins Township, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania.  His stone identifies him as a Civil War veteran of the 9th Pennsylvania Cavalry, and at his grave is an appropriate bronze G.A.R. star-flag holder. Amos Rumberger was born in Lykens […]

Pennsylvania Gubernatorial Election of 1866 – The Defeat of a White Supremacist

| September 16, 2016

The Pennsylvania Gubernatorial Election of 1866 pitted a Union General and war hero, John W. Geary, against a avowed racist and white supremacist, Heister Clymer.  Geary headed the Republican or Union ticket and Clymer headed the Democratic or Copperhead ticket. Unlike the Presidential Election of 1860, official vote totals by townships and boroughs were available […]

Jacob Klinger and Sarah [Reed] Klinger – Death at the Almshouse and a Murder Story

| September 7, 2016

Today’s post begins the story of one of the most brutal and sensational murders ever committed in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania – that of Sarah Ann [Reed] Klinger, the widow of Civil War soldier Jacob Klinger. It is believed by some that the Jacob Klinger who served in the 172nd Pennsylvania Infantry in the Civil War […]

Anton Haake – 9th Pennsylvania Cavalry – Not Recognized on Lykens Monument

| July 22, 2016

On 24 October 1864, Anthony “Anton” Haake, aged about 34, enrolled at Harrisburg in the 9th Pennsylvania Cavalry, Company D, as a Private.  He was honorably discharged on 18 July 1865, and the record shows that he returned to his home in Lykens, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. The return to Lykens is known because when he […]

Was Henry B. Hoffman Excused from Military Service Because of a Diseased Eye?

| June 7, 2016

A family story, oft repeated but without any proof, was that Henry B. Hoffman of Millersburg was excused from Civil War military service because of a “diseased eye.”  Instead, he supposedly served on the staff of Gov. James Pollock at the rank of Colonel. An additional feature of this family story is that he served […]