Supporters and Testimonials

Heart and Hand (1896, Littleton View, U.S. Library of Congress, public domain).

Heart and Hand (1896, Littleton View, U.S. Library of Congress, public domain).

No research initiative is ever possible without the financial and volunteer assistance of family, friends, fellow researchers, grantors, and other supporters – particularly a research endeavor as large as the one behind 47th Pennsylvania Volunteers: One Civil War Regiment’s Story.

You can help support our research and educational outreach efforts by donating through our Support Us page.


The following is a partial list of the many individuals and organizations helping to shine a brighter light on the largely forgotten accomplishments of the 47th Pennsylvanians who fought so valiantly to preserve America’s Union and eradicate slavery. The progress made to date with this important initiative would not have been possible without their kindness and generosity.

Financial Support

  • The Burrowes Family 
  • The Sloan Family
  • The Snyder Family
  • The Wasserman Family 
  • Thomas MacEntee and High-Definition Genealogy (also known as “The Genealogy Fairy™)

2020-2021 GoFundMe Campaign—Honor 9 Black Solders of the American Civil War:

  • Anonymous (multiple)
  • John Baker
  • Paula Belmonte
  • Susan Frieswyk
  • John Grodeska
  • Elizabeth Grove
  • David Hunsicker
  • True Lewis
  • Rory Morgan
  • John Rohal
  • Sheila Sands
  • David Sloan (matching gift sponsor and individual donor)
  • Laura Stukel
  • Sharon Wells

“Faces of the 47th” and “In Their Own Words” Projects
(donations of soldiers’ diaries, letters, and photographs)

  • Robert Champlin (photographs of Rev. W. D. C. Rodrock and his wife)
  • Colin Cofield (letters of John G. Helfrich)
  • John Deppen (letters of John Peter Shindel Gobin)
  • Merry Gordon (photograph of Samuel Noss and children) 
  • David Sloan (letters of John Peter Shindel Gobin and numerous carte de visite images of members of the 47th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry)
  • Col. Bob Smalser, U.S. Army-retired (letter and photograph, family of Stephen J. Moyer)
  • Snyder Family Archives (multiple documents and photographs)
  • Phil Spaugy (photographs of Fort Zachary Taylor, Key West, Florida)

Genealogical Research and Consulting

  • Annette DeHoff
  • John Deppen

Virtual Cemetery Project
(burial location confirmation and gravestone photography from Maine to California)

  • English, Peggy
  • Fletcher, Randy
  • Haas, Jerry
  • Hockenberry, Wendy S.
  • Jackson, Allen D.
  • Keefer, Barry
  • Makely, Paul
  • Mann, Joseph
  • Morgan, Rory 
  • Musselman, Crissie
  • Nederostek, Christian
  • Nouzovsky, Deborah
  • Otto, Kim
  • Padgett, Natalie
  • Rohal, John
  • Snyder Family Archives
  • Stienstra, Linda


Following are examples of the kudos and other testimonials received by 47th Pennsylvania Volunteers: One Civil War Regiment’s Story:

  • Barbara wrote:
    This was a delightful story of a family which might be representative of many others … the war descriptions, moving westward. New beginnings … worth the time.
  • Brandi wrote:
    On behalf of my family, this is a wealth of information we never expected to find out! I will be sure to look into the other sources you recommended. Thank you for all of your help!
  • Bruce wrote:
    I had a little time this morning and looked thru parts of your website, very nice, I am happy to see this type of research being done. There are way too may websites that don’t do the research properly, don’t dig deep enough or don’t cite their work.
  • Cathy wrote:
    Wow, thanks for sharing this. It just may be the answer I was looking for!
  • Charlie wrote:
    What a read!
  • Craft Foundation wrote:
    What a marvelous, wonderfully curated and informative [Twitter] feed. 
  • Diana wrote:
    Thanks for putting together your Resource Links page. I was happy to come across it after doing some research on the history of Pennsylvania.
  • Gerald wrote:
    A very good read.
  • Jack wrote:
    Thanks a lot for the Color Guard piece. My guy, a sergeant, was the 4th of 5 color bearers for the 72nd PA shot down at Cemetery Ridge on July 3, 1863. This helps the context a lot.
  • Jeff wrote:
    Outstanding article about an unfortunately obscure musician from the American Brass Band Period [Professor Thomas Coates]! Several years ago, I stumbled upon Coates’ Memorial while taking a lunch break in the Easton Cemetery. I have been fascinated by his story since then. I have just ordered sheet music for three of his band arrangements and plan to perform them on period instruments with one of my Civil War reenactment bands. My sincere thanks for your diligence in composing this biographical sketch!
  • Jessie wrote:
    Thank you for your TREMENDOUS work … the detail that you’ve been able to find on these men is just incredible!
  • Josh wrote:
    Good to see some new material from underappreciated 19th corps regiments.
  • Judy wrote:
    What a wonderful surprise to receive the remarkable information you have compiled for the 47th Pennsylvania Volunteers. I have forwarded your email on to other John relatives that would be interested…. You certainly have a long list of great sources…. Thank you for all of your good works.
  • Karen wrote:
    I love your work so much! Am I repeating myself? I think I have a gramma way back with this name….
  • Kathleen wrote:
    Exceptional scholarship.
  • Keith wrote:
    Thank you for sharing an excellent post. My African heritage ancestors were active in both the North and South during and immediately after the Civil War seeking the best path for citizen enfranchisement of all African Americans.
  • Kerry wrote:
    Great article [about Catasauqua’s Fuller family]. Always like learning something new. Wish the young would read this and learn why we need to keep America strong.
  • Lynda wrote:
    A well written article! Your efforts to preserve the history of the 47th are greatly appreciated by this descendant of a man who fought in the unit.
  • Mary wrote:
    Excellent info on immigration statistics, legislation, soldiers, and motivations. Thank you!
  • Melissa wrote:
    The 47th Pennsylvania Volunteers have some AWESOME CW articles… Keep ‘em coming!
  • National Civil War Museum:
    We appreciate your great work and posts. Look forward to more collaboration in the future.
  • Ron wrote:
    I am his great great grandson! [William Alfred McKee]. I am amazed that I found this! Thank you!
  • Rory wrote:
    You are doing such a careful and thorough job with your research on the 47th and I am pleased to assist whenever I can.
  • Sarah wrote:
    Thank you so much for this! I just found out yesterday that Bernard Brahler is my great great grandfather! We never knew we had a soldier in the family! We may even have a picture of him. For years we wondered who this Union soldier was in our old family album full of nameless faces.
  • Susan wrote:
    Wow, you just uncovered a relative of mine! You just never know where a clue might come from. He seems to be the g-grandson of my 6th great grandfather, Griffith John. Thanks.
  • Victor wrote:
    Your veterans’ summary information was excellent and I’m sure will impress anyone who is looking up their ancestor.
  • Will wrote:
    47th website has an enormous quantity of useful knowledge.