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Civil War Blog

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Fire Destroys Hoffman’s Civil War Museum in Lykens, 1912

| January 20, 2015

On 12 November 1912 a massive fire consumed several factories and homes in Lykens Borough, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.  One of the destroyed homes was owned by Michael M. Hoffman, a Civil War veteran who had the distinction of serving in a First Defender’s infantry regiment, a emergency state militia regiment, and a cavalry regiment – […]

Edward Thomas – 50th Pennsylvania Infantry

| December 2, 2014

On 1 April 1872, Edward Thomas of Gratz, was killed at the colliery at Short Mountain, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, by a “fall of rock.”  His body was recovered and he was buried at Gratz Union Cemetery (then called Simeon’s Cemetery).  He was exactly 32 years old at the time of his death.  A G.A.R. star-flag […]

Reunions of the 9th Pennsylvania Cavalry Held in Lykens

| October 10, 2014

Following the Civil War, many Pennsylvania regiments tried to hold annual reunions of their members.  One of the most successful of the Pennsylvania regiments in this regard was the 9th Pennsylvania Cavalry as the following news article from the Harrisburg Patriot of 11 June 1909 attests: FORTIETH REUNION OF NINTH CAVALRY Flag Presented by Ladies […]

Henry B. Ferree – Coal Miner

| September 26, 2014

The death notice of Henry B. Ferree (1844-1903) appeared in the Harrisburg Patriot on 18 April 1903: Henry Feree, a highly respected citizen of Lykens Township, died on Tuesday afternoon.  The deceased was a sufferer from miners’ asthma. His age was some sixty years.  Interment was made in the Lutheran and Reformed Cemetery at Gratz, […]

Views of the Old Catholic Cemetery at Williamstown

| September 11, 2014

Two views of the Old Catholic Cemetery at Williamstown have been located.  The pictures have been enhanced for presentation here on this blog. The first view appeared on page 92 of the Sesquicentennial History of Williamstown and Williams Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, published in 1976 by the Sesquicentennial Commission: The picture appears to show a […]