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Emily E. Woodley – Civil War Nurse and Army Captain

| May 27, 2015

Emily E. [Lansbury] Woodley was born in Philadelphia on 26 May 1835, the daughter of Jeremiah Lansbury and Eliza [Reed] Lansbury.   She died in Philadelphia on 15 May 1908 and is buried in the Fernwood Cemetery, Fernwood, Delaware County, Pennsylvania. Her obituary appeared in the Harrisburg Patriot on 16 May 1908: ONLY WOMAN ARMY […]

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 […]