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Civil War Nurse – Martha Armstrong Wiestling

| March 24, 2015

The following obituary appeared in the Harrisburg Patriot, 6 Feb 1906: DEATH OF MRS. WIESTLING, NOTED CIVIL WAR NURSE Mrs. Martha Wiestling, who during the Civil War was matron of several of the impoverished hospitals in this city, died yesterday morning at age eighty-three years.  She had been a resident for many years of this […]

The Last Tango in Carlisle

| March 18, 2015

On 1 March 1905, the Harrisburg Patriot reported the marriage of a “grizzled” Civil War veteran and the sweetheart of his youth: JOINED AT ALTAR AFTER MANY YEARS Romantic Ending of Love affair of T. S. Kaufman, a Grizzled Veteran, and Mrs. Scheaffer A love affair that started many years ago, before the Civil War, […]

Rev. John Quincy Adams – Harrisburg Preacher & Civil Rights Leader Was Once a Slave

| February 13, 2015

From the Harrisburg Patriot, of 13 January 1917: REV. J. Q. ADAMS, ONCE SLAVE, DIES Retired Colored Preacher Was Formerly Coachman to Judge Pearson, and for Years a Conspicuous Figure Here The Rev. John Quincy Adams, retired local colored preacher of the Wesley Union connection, former slave and known to all the older families of […]

Rebecca Pennypacker Price – Civil War Nurse

| January 30, 2015

From the pages of the Harrisburg Telegraph, 10 October 1910: WOMAN WHO SERVED AS WAR NURSE DIES AT POTTSTOWN Pottstown, Pennsylvania, 31 May 1919 — Mrs. Rebecca Lane [Pennypacker] Price, widow of Edwin Price, president and chaplain of the National Association of Civil War Nurses, died at her home in Pottstown, aged 81 years.  Until […]

Obituary of Aunty Jackson, Matron at Camp Curtin

| December 28, 2014

The obituary of Eliza Kling Jackson, also known as “Aunty” Jackson, was printed in the 21 January 1905 edition of the Harrisburg Patriot: MATRON AT CAMP CURTIN “Aunty” Jackson, Picturesque Character, Succumbed Aged 85 Years DEATH DUE TO PNEUMONIA Resided Here for several Scores of Years and Formerly Kept a Notion Store Mrs. Eliza Kling […]