Two Brothers Die Together at Andersonville

Imagine discovering that both of your sons had died prisoners-of-war in one the worst prisons operated within the Confederate States during the Civil War. While researching the pension records of members of the 2d Pennsylvania Heavy Artillery “Provisionals,” I discovered two soldiers with the last name Rathfon who came from the same location in Pennsylvania […]

Henry Alonzo Greig killed at Chapin’s Farm

William H. Scott, a resident of Lawrenceville, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, came forward after the war to testify that Pvt. Henry Alonzo Greig and he had enlisted together in Co. E, 2d Pennsylvania Heavy Artillery in 1864 and that they had known each other at least three years prior to that. He also remembered that they […]

Revealing Family Secrets

When Catharine Mason filed her claim for a “Mother’s Pension” following the death of her soldier son, she didn’t expect she’d have to divulge embarrassing details about her personal life just to collect her rightful benefits. From government pension records, we learn that John D. Mason was unmarried and still residing with his mother at […]

Pvt. George Probst, 2d PA H.A. Provisionals, mortally wounded before Petersburg

Among the numerous soldiers wounded in the deadly assault on the Confederate earthworks outside of Peterburg, Virginia on 17 June 1864 was Pvt. George Probst of Co. C, 2nd Pennsylvania Heavy Artillery “Provisionals.” Pvt. Probst was mustered into the Regiment on 26 March 1864, just weeks before Grant’s overland campaign that would relentlessly carry the […]