Civil War Blog

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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 […]

Obituary of William W. Wallace of Lykens and Wiconisco

| December 14, 2013

The obituary of William W. Wallace appeared in the Lykens Standard on 23 October 1914: William Wallace, a Civil War veteran, died at the home of his son William Wallace in Wiconisco on Tuesday, of a general breaking up of the system due to old age.  He is survived by nine children, viz: Clara Wallace […]

Was William H. Harman a Civil War Soldier?

| December 10, 2013

In the Civil War Exhibit at the Gratz Historical Society there is a framed picture of a soldier in uniform with the caption, “William H. Harman, Zouave Vol Unit, Civil War.”  The origin of the picture is uncertain, but further research has confirmed that the original photograph was taken at the the Smith Photography Studio […]

Civil War Officer Commission – Daniel Chester – Discovery and Restoration of a Document

| December 3, 2013

In a shoebox filled with old receipts, letters and other ephemera a rather beat-up Civil War commission for the rank of First Lieutenant was found – for none other than Daniel Chester, believed to be the namesake of the G.A.R. Post at Williamstown, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.  The document was discovered in  four large pieces and […]