Genealogy has become a hobby for me over the last 10 years. For me, it's like a puzzle, I love fitting the pieces together. But over the years, I've researched a lot that does not pertain to our family lines. Some for extended family, some for close friends, and some because I was trying to rule out lines to figure out where our line went exactly. I do not want these notes on my Heather's Genealogy Notes blog - because they are not our lines. But I do like to share all of my research, in case it benefits others. That is what this blog is for - research I have done that does not apply to our own family lines, but may be helpful for someone else.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Montour County in the Civil War

This is an email from the Montour County Genealogical Society in Danville.  I know some of you are going to ask me if we have relatives in this book, and I just do not know yet..  I suspect so, and am anxious to see the book, but I have not yet!

Book Signing

Randy Hackenburg’s New Civil War Book

After fifty years of compiling information on Montour Countians who served in the Civil War, Danville native Randy Hackenburg has recently published his third book, THEY PAID THE PRICE: Montour Countians in the Civil War. This is an amazing book containing 373 fascinating pages including Regiment lists, photographs, maps, biographical sketches and narratives of action by Montour County Units. My personal view is that it is exceptionally comprehensive, carefully documented, and beautifully presented. It will be a great help with research concerning anyone from our county who served in that war, but even if you have no connections it makes for very interesting reading.

Mr. Hackenburg has B.S. and M.A. degrees in American history, served in the U.S. Air Force and for over 30 years was Assistant Curator and Photo Archivist at the U.S. Army military History Institute at Carlisle. He has been interested in history as far back as he can remember and during his college years wrote a biographical account of Colonel Charles W. Eckman. His Master’s thesis was the history of the Columbia Guards.

Randy will be available for a book signing in the Thomas Beaver Free Library Community room on Saturday, November 17, 2012 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. In addition to the Civil War books available for purchase at the book signing, also available will be Randy’s second book, Montour County and the American Revolution, and a limited number of copies of his first book, Pennsylvania in the Mexican War: The Volunteer Regiments. Books are also available in the MCGS Genealogy Room on Mondays from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The Civil War book is $50.00 including tax and the Revolutionary War book price has been reduced to $25.00 including tax. Information regarding mail orders will be posted on our website as soon as it is available (probably within the next week). If you have any questions, you can email me at