Mother Loses Two Sons to War

Mother Loses Two Sons to War (HMEZ7)

Location: Hanover, PA 17331 York County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 47.827', W 76° 59.268'

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Mother Loses Two Sons to War - Within the span of one year, Elizabeth Hoffacker of West Manheim Township received the news of her two sons' deaths in combat during the Civil War. John, 24 years old, was promoted to corporal after being in the army for two months. Riding though Hanover, he was shot and killed instantly upon the first encounter with the Confederates on June 30, 1863. William was mortally wounded at Spotsylvania Court House, Virginia, May 12, 1864. The bodies of both men were buried at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Hanover, in a lot purchased by their father.

Americans sought ways to soothe their grief over a fallen generation. Hanover residents gathered each May 30 at local burial grounds to decorate soldiers' graves with flowers. A monument at Mt. Olivet Cemetery bears the names of Civil War veterans from Hanover and surrounding areas.
HM NumberHMEZ7
Series This marker is part of the Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania Civil War Trails series
Year Placed2009
Placed ByPennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development,
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, October 3rd, 2014 at 11:15pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 329814 N 4407129
Decimal Degrees39.79711667, -76.98780000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 47.827', W 76° 59.268'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 47' 49.62" N, 76° 59' 16.08" W
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Area Code(s)717
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 270 Frederick St, Hanover PA 17331, US
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