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John Powell – Killed in Powder Explosion at Kalmia Mine, 1877

| May 17, 2017

John Powell, who was born in England about 1844, enrolled in the 3rd Pennsylvania Heavy Artillery on 26 January 1864 at Philadelphia.  Although the above Pennsylvania Veterans’ File Card from the Pennsylvania Archives states that he did not muster into service until a year later, other records indicate that the card is in error and […]

Robert Newton of Williamstown – Alias “Richard Noble”

| April 19, 2017

In the 1890 Veterans’ Census for Williamtown, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, Robert Newton, alias Richard Noble, reported that he had served in the 95th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company E, as a Private.  He was located in the records of that regiment under the name Richard Noble. The Pennsylvania Veterans’ File Card from the Pennsylvania Archives gave the […]

Obituary of William P. Miller of Lykens

| March 22, 2017

The name of William P. Miller appears on the Lykens G.A.R. Monument as a veteran of the Civil War who served at the rank of 1st Lieutenant, but was not a member of the Heilner Post. The obituary of William P. Miller appeared in the Harrisburg Telegraph of 25 March 1872 as a reprint from […]

Samuel Miller, Emergency Man & the Fire That Destroyed His General Store

| March 1, 2017

Samuel Miller‘s name appears on the Lykens G.A.R. Monument as a man who served in the Civil War at the rank of Sergeant, but was not a member of the Heilner Post at that place. Samuel Miller was born in 1833 in Pennsylvania. During the Civil War, he served in the 26th Pennsylvania Infantry (Emergency […]

Women and the Civil War (Part 13)

| January 11, 2017

Women and the Civil War” is an exhibit of photographs and stories of women who had family connections with soldiers of that war.  It was first displayed at the Gratz Fair in September 2013, where it received “first place” in a non-profit division.  Afterward, it was displayed in 2014 at the Williamtown-Williams Township Historical Society; […]