This evening I attended my first meeting of the Back Mountain Historical Association. After a brief update on ongoing projects (book writings, carousel saving and dances), I introduced our speaker for the evening, Mr. Ryan Lindbuchler.

Ryan Lindbuchler is a veteran of the United States Navy and a social studies teacher at Lake Lehman High School. He is also a civil war enthusiast and spends much of his time not only discovering and preserving the histories of civil war veterans but ensuring that they receive the recognition they deserve.

In 2001, Lindbuchler published a book called Gone but Not Forgotten: Civil War Veterans of Northeastern Pennsylvania. His presentation was based on this book. Lindbuchler discussed the sacrifices of the Tubbs family – four brothers who paid the ultimate price leaving behind a total of 3 wives and four young children. He also told the story of an elderly gentleman who applied for a disability pension in his 80s after being injured in the Civil War in his teens. Plagued by sinus problems from a bullet that was lodged in his nasal cavity, the man ultimately was relieved from the pain by one really good sneeze. Lindbuchler went on to discuss the many cemeteries he has visited over the past 15 years as well as the work he has done to either preserve existing grave markers or replace badly deteriorated markers to reflect the name and honors of the veteran.

Lindbuchler’s book comes with a CD that includes pictures of soldiers where available as well as pictures of their grave markers and information about their families and the nature of their injuries/deaths when possible.

Approximately 75 to 100 people turned out for tonight’s presentation and I think I can honestly say everyone was impressed.