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Millersburg in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Civil War Soldiers Monument

Governors Island Cannon

 

—Historic Millersburg —

 
Civil War Soldiers Monument Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 20, 2008
1. Civil War Soldiers Monument Marker
Inscription. The G.A.R. (Grand Army of the Republic) Post 212 and the Millersburg Sentinel together raised the money to have a Civil War monument erected. The soldier and the base were quarried and cut in Italy. The soldier stands 6 feet and weighs 900 pounds. The overall height with base is 14 feet, 6 inches. The bronze plate bears the names of the 126 men who served in the Civil War. The total cost of the monument was $740.00 and the cost to ship from Italy as $55.00. The soldier arrived in Millersburg in August 1913 and was erected in October 1913 in West Park by J.S. Heckert, a local marble dealer. The dedication was to be held on Thanksgiving, but was postponed until May 30, 1914. The unveiling was done by Florence Cordes Jusy, daughter of Henry Cordes, veteran and active member of the G.A.R. post. The speaker for the occasion was Pennsylvania Adjutant General Thos. J. Stewart.

In October 1897 a cannon, obtained by W.B. Meetch through his friend Congressman Olmsted, arrived at the railroad depot. Mr. W.B. Meetch was a local businessman and Dauphin County Prison Warden. The cannon, a condemmed government relic, came from Governors Island, N.Y. It weighs 3500 pounds, is ten and a half feet long with four and a half inch bore. After a suitable base was fashioned by local men and with the consent of borough council, it was placed in West Park
The Marker, Monument, and Cannon image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 20, 2008
2. The Marker, Monument, and Cannon
in Market Square.
 
Erected by Upper Paxton & Millersburg Historical Society.
 
Location. 40° 32.338′ N, 76° 57.682′ W. Marker is in Millersburg, Pennsylvania, in Dauphin County. Marker is at the intersection of Market Street (State Highway 147) and Market Square (U.S. 209), on the right when traveling south on Market Street. Touch for map. Located in West Park, in Market Square. Marker is in this post office area: Millersburg PA 17061, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Daniel Miller Memorial Fountain (within shouting distance of this marker); The Music Pavilion / Gazebo (within shouting distance of this marker); Millersburg Ferry (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Millersburg Ferry (approx. 1.4 miles away); Dr. Reifsnyder (approx. 2.8 miles away); Fort Halifax (approx. 4.2 miles away); Eisenhower Ancestral Home (approx. 7.1 miles away); Pennsylvania Canal (approx. 7.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Millersburg.
 
More about this marker. In the lower left is a photo, c. 1900 of Market Square showing the cannon in place. In the upper right is a photo of Members of the G.A.R. Post 212 present at the unveiling of the Civil
Close Up of the List of Civil War Veterans from Millersburg image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 20, 2008
3. Close Up of the List of Civil War Veterans from Millersburg
War Soldier Monument - May 30, 1914.

 
Additional comments.
1. List of names on Millersburg Civil War Soldiers Monument
Erected to the memory of the Millersburg Soldiers of 1861 to 1865 under the auspices of Kilpatrick Post, No. 212, G.A.R.:
Alleman Joseph • Auchmuty S.P. • Bassler J.F. • Bassler A.N. • Beller Jacob • Bender W.H. • Beistle David • Bettleyon E. • Billman Henry • Bobb Michael • Bowers M.W. • Bowers J.H. • Bowman Chas. • Bowman S.S. • Bowman J.F. • Brock Byron • Brown G.W. • Campbell P.A. • Cluck Simon • Collier J.W. • Cordes Henry • Dehaven W.H. • Detrick T.E. • Ditty D.D. • Ditty J.B. • Enders W.H. • Etsweiler A. • Feidt George • Feidt D.S. • Frank B.M. • Fox David • Fox Christian • Freck J.L. • Freeland G.W. • Freeland T.S. • Furman WM. • Geesey George • Giffen Mahlon • Griffin Archibald • Hain J.S. • Harman H.H. • Hartman W.H. • Haverstick Michael • Hawk Jeremiah • Hawley M.P. • Heckert J.H. • Henninger Josiah • Hess John • Hetrick WM. • Hoffman J.T. • Huff Benjamin • Johnson J.M. • Jury Theodore • Jury J.M. • Kawel Joseph • Keen Joseph • Keener Jacob • Kline Jacob • Knouff Henry • Koppenhaver U. • Koppenhaver J.P. • Koppenhaver I. • Lambert J.E. • Lehman WM. • Leib E.H. • Lenker D.Y. • Lenker J.Y. • Light S.E. • Martin Henry • Martz C.C. • McDonald W.H. • Meck N.C. • Meck
4.5 inch Ordnance Siege and Garrison Rifle image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 20, 2008
4. 4.5 inch Ordnance Siege and Garrison Rifle
The Civil War vintage cannon is a type designed for use in fixed fortifications or for siege operations. Of 113 of this type produced by Fort Pitt Foundry, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, only 56 survive today.
Morris • Meetch W.B. • Miller Isaac • Miller Joseph • Mills W.C. • Neagley D.C. • Neagley Isaac • Norton Thomas • Novinger M. • Oberholtzer Daniel • O’Neil Theodore • Pontius A.J. • Rathvon John • Reinhart S.W. • Ritzman Jacob • Rutter Anthony • Rutter Lewis • Rowe L.H. • Seal W.P. • Seebold J.L. • Seiler Abraham • Sites W.H. • Shaffner P.H. • Shaffner John • Sheesley George • Sheesley W.H. • Shortess S.I. • Smith B.F. • Sneeder J.W. • Snively C.H. • Snyder Aaron • Snyder Joseph • Snyder J.S. • Speece John • Starr Jeremiah • Steever J.J. • Steever W.L. • Steever Wesley • Stites W.D. • Toy Daniel • Ward Michael • Weaver Jacob • Weaver Henry • Williams A.J. • Williamson I.N. • Wilver George • Wingard G.F. • Wingard W.C. • Wise James • Witman J.M. • Witman J.B. • Woodside WM. • Zeigler Benjamin • Zeigler David
    — Submitted January 17, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querιtaro, Mexico.

 
Categories. Fraternal or Sororal OrganizationsWar, US Civil
 
Muzzle Markings of the Cannon image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 20, 2008
5. Muzzle Markings of the Cannon
As indicated by the markings, the gun weighed 3556 pounds when manufactured in 1863 by Fort Pitt. It was inspected by Charles People Kingsbury (C.P.K.). The registry number is 67. Note how worn the rifling appears in the bore.
Duty Honor Country image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 20, 2008
6. Duty Honor Country
A nearby memorial to veterans of all wars.
<i>Cannon on Market Street, Millersburg, Pa.</i> image. Click for full size.
Postcard by C.W. Noll, circa 1905
7. Cannon on Market Street, Millersburg, Pa.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 14, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,093 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on October 14, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   7. submitted on January 17, 2015.
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