Civil War soldiers of East Cocalico

By on March 6, 2013

In 1860 the population of East Cocalico Township was 1,893. At some time during the Civil War, more than 10 percent of the Township’s population was serving in the Army. Find out if they were part of your ancestry when local historian and researcher Ken McCrea of East Cocalico presents "Civil War Soldiers of East Cocalico" March 19 at the Reamstown Community Center.

The military service given by the more than 220 soldiers from East Cocalico ranged from a few who deserted after only a few days in the Army to one soldier born in East Cocalico Township who won the Congressional Medal of Honor. Many were drafted, but it was possible to either hire a substitute to serve for you or even pay a fee to avoid service. Many were killed or wounded. They all had stories to tell.

If you have a photo of an East Cocalico Township Civil War soldier taken any time during his life, or artifacts from their service, please bring them to show.

McCrea’s book, "Pennsylvania Land Applications Volume I: East Side Applications, 1765-1769" can be found at

Reamstown Community Center is located at 23 E. Church St., Reamstown. Parking is in the rear of the building and admission is free. Light refreshments will be provided. This lecture is one in an ongoing series sponsored by the Reamstown Historical Society & Museum. For more information call 364-0865.

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