Contact Me

If you enjoy this blog--or at least are interested in the history of the 79th Pennsylvania--I'd love to hear from you.  Please feel free to email me at vince@lancasteratwar.com, or post comments on this blog.

Also, if you have any primary sources or pictures that you would be willing to make available here, it could better tell the story of the 79th Pennsylvania and I'd appreciate the chance to learn about them.


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  2. (Comment by mitchell logsdon moved to http://www.lancasteratwar.com/2011/12/mudsills-indeed-judge-caines-letter.html)

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  3. "Better Know a Soldier" posted in October 2011 has led me to your site. William P Leonard is my husband's great great grandfather. I had very little to go on and was excited to find this story. Amazingly enough, my husband received the sword from his father that was passed down through the family! Several years ago he allowed it to go to his older brother who now has the sword. We had nothing to go on but family lore and now to find this and the actual article from the Daily Evening Express as to how William was given the sword by Elias H Witmer is just surreal. I can't wait to share this with my husband! Thank you for all your hard work! I do have a civil war photo of William's son, George Washing Leonard that I would be happy to share with you.
    Sincerely,
    Debby Luttenberger
    tomndebby@comcast.net

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    1. Thanks for getting in touch, Debby. I'm excited to know the sword still exists, as it was given with quite a speech. If you have any more information about William P. Leonard, I'd be interested in learning what you know, and would indeed like to see the photo of his son.

      Also, keep watching the blog in April and May as Elias Witmer resumed writing more frequently then, and perhaps there will be another reference or two to William Leonard. A schedule of upcoming letters, which I'll try to roughly follow, is posted at:
      http://www.lancasteratwar.com/p/soldiers-letters.html

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  4. I found a receipt of some type for $20 for "holding elections" in the "SW Ward" of Lancaster, Feb 5 1861, just on the eve of the civil war. Do you have any info on that election? https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151820480815893&set=gm.10151824977301139&type=1&theater

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  5. Does there exist a list of names of the women who belonged to Lancaster Daughters. I am looking the name of my Great Aunt Mary Gall aka Gaul who lived in the West Lampeter part of Lancaster County.

    Thanks,
    True Blue and Diamond Hard,
    Harry

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    1. Hi Harry, There is no single list (that I know of) representing all the members of the Patriot Daughters of Lancaster. Unless she was an officer or a member of a specific committee, it's difficult to ascertain involvement with the Patriot Daughters. Donation lists were published in the Daily Evening Express (and sometimes other newspapers), which are available on microfilm. There were also ladies' societies in towns around Lancaster County (possibly even Lampeter) in which Mary Gall could have participated, but few records of those exist outside of donation lists published in the Express. Thank you for the comment. Good luck with your family research!

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  6. My mother was a Hambright from the Pittsburgh and I have found your website fascinating. Her Great Great Grandfather was Major Frederick Hambright who led the procession in Lancaster PA during the grand return of General LaFayette's return to America in 1825. Do you have any old photos of that event on your website or in your possession. larrymanross@hotmail.com

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  7. I am interested in the family of Daniel B. Vondersmith and Horace Binney Vondersmith. I have evidence that Daniel had a second wife. Mary Emma Vondersmith made application for pension benefits related to the service of Captain Daniel B. Vondersmith in the Civil War. I have found no record of the marriage, but she was buried in Wilmington Delaware as Mary Emma Vondersmith. Daniel served in the war and was slightly wounded and left the service. I would love to obtain any information you have regarding Daniel. I have his record in the Civil War and some information about his trial and pardon by President Buchanan. RichardSnow2009@q.com

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    1. Hi Richard, Thank you for commenting. I would be very interesting in learning what you have found. I have been somewhat confused as there were two Daniel B. Vondersmiths in Lancaster County at the time, but it does seem that the judge was also a captain in the 21st Pennsylvania Cavalry.

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  8. My great-grandfather, Joseph Charles, was a member of Company K, 79th Regiment. I was happy to read the information you've posted as I don't know much about the regiment. He is buried at Boehm's Cemetery, Pequea Twp. just above his farm and his tombstone records his Company and Regiment. I would imagine there are a lot of descendants of members of the 79th and I would be interesting to put a group together, at least on Facebook. Thanks for this blog!

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    1. Thank you for the comment. I'm glad that you have enjoyed the blog. A few generations of my family are buried at Boehm's Cemetery. In recent years they have published lists of veterans in the cemetery. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or run into any interesting information.

      Also, there is a Facebook group for 79th PA descendants: http://www.facebook.com/groups/214007511950969
      I hope to run into you there!

      Vince

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