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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 […]

Compiling a List of Civil War Veterans- Williams Township

| July 30, 2014

One of the hardest things to do in Civil War research is the compiling of a complete list of Civil War veterans who have some association with a specific geographic community or region.  The smaller the area, the easier the task, but in larger areas such as those covered by the Civil War Research Project, […]

The Shamokin Soldiers’ Circle – Photographs 51 – 59

| March 27, 2014

Today’s post on the Shamokin Cemetery’s Soldiers’ Circle features nine graves in the outer circle, third quadrant, beginning with photograph 51.  The photographs in this segment are numbered 51 through 59.  All of the stones in this section are sequenced in the order of the death of the veteran.  For each of the veterans, the […]

What’s Ahead for the Civil War Blog in 2014

| January 1, 2014

The Civil War Research Project and the blog are now embarking on the last full calendar year of the Civil War Sesquicentennial.   The biggest change evident in the past year is the departure from a project involving a single historical society in the Lykens Valley area to a project involving multiple historical societies, researchers, veterans’ […]

Obituary of James Cox – How One Thing Leads to Another

| December 23, 2013

An obituary of James Cox (1833-1909), was contributed to the USGenWeb Archives.  It provides some interesting facts and stories not previously noted here about this Corporal who served in the 3rd Pennsylvania Cavalry, Company L, from 19 August 1861 through 24 August 1864. In August 1861, inspired by love for his adopted country, he being […]