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Special Dispatch to The North American.
DANVILLE, PA V Dec. 26.
The distinction of having among its citizens the youngest soldier who served during the Civil War undoubtedly belongs to
Danville. It is true the honor is contested by other localities, but in every instance where the facts are verified it is found the young est soldier went into service when about 12 years old, rarely below that age.
The Danville claimant is C. P. Harder, who enlisted at the age of 10 years and 6 months. He was the youngest of five
brothers, all of whom entered the Union army.
Mr. Harder spent more than two years in the service and had the honor of being one of the boys detailed to drum on the
occasion of Abraham Lincoln s funeral.
Mr. Harder is a member of the Montour county bar. He served a term as Sheriff. He was a member of the Danville School Board and served three years as its President. He is now Postmaster.