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Civil War Blog

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Isaac Sitlinger – Farmer, Miller & Miner of Lykens Township

| November 3, 2014

Isaac Sitlinger (1833-1908) was a Civil War veteran of the 103rd Pennsylvania Infantry, 2nd Company G.  His biography appeared in the Commemorative Biographical Encyclopedia of Dauphin County: Isaac Sitlinger, farmer and stockman, was born in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, 15 September 1833.  George Sitlinger, his father, was born in Germany, and formerly spelled his name Zitlinger. […]

The Funeral of George Armstrong of Wiconisco

| October 29, 2014

On 30 October 1880, the Harrisburg Patriot ran the following story: The funeral of Mr. George Armstrong, late of Wiconisco, on Sunday morning was a very large one.  Deceased served faithfully in the Ninth Pennsylvania Cavalry during the late war, and was interred with military honors.  He died rather suddenly of an abscess on the […]

Frederick Metzger – Accidentally Killed by Louis A. Gratz

| September 24, 2014

From the Diary of William Thomas, the following was reported in his entry for 1 June 1862: Fred Metzer of our company was shot Through the Head by a pistol while Lieut Gratz was cleaning it.  He expired in few moments After he was shot. William Thomas was a member of Company B of the […]

Some Basic Facts about the Civil War and Williamstown

| August 25, 2014

How many men from Williamstown and Williams Township were Civil War veterans? One of the difficulties in answering this question can be illustrated by three historical maps of Williamstown and Williams Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. The 1858 Map The 1858 map of Wiconisco Township shows the area presently known as Williamstown and Williams Township as […]

Jacob Shiro – Farmer, Merchant & Postmaster of Gratz

| June 25, 2014

Jacob Shiro was born in Wittenberg, Germany, on 19 February 1843, the son of Jacob Shiro and Susan [Bellon] Shiro. He arrived in the United States around 185 at the age of eight.  During the Civil War, he served in Company G, 103rd Pennsylvania Infantry, as a Private, from 14 March 1865 through discharge on […]