Our Civil War Ancestors and Relatives

Joel Betz
Joel Hezikiah Betz was a native of Pottsville, PA and srved in the 48th PA Volunteers during the Civil War. He married Henrietta Elizabeth Helms on June 6, 1869 in Sunbury, PA She was born in Schuylkill Haven, PA. contibuted by Vicki Robertson

Elias Bixler
Rank Pvt & Corp'l Service Co. A 50 Pa. Inf
Soldier's Certificate No. 392498
from Pine Grove County of Schuylkill, state of Pennsylvania
Enrolled at Harrisburg, under the name of Elias Bixler on the 19th day of August, 1861, as a private in Co. "A" 50th Regt. Penna, Inft. Vols.
In the service of the United States, in the Late Civil Wars, and was Honorably Discharged at Blaines Cross Roads, Ten., on the 31 day of Dec., 1863.
That he also served Corp. Co. "A" 50th Regt. Penna. Vol. Inft. Dec. 31, 1863. Honorably discharged Delaney House, D. C. July 30, 1865.
while in the line of his duty, at or near Crab Orchard in the State of Kentucky, did, on or about September 1863, became disabled in the following manner, viz: He was attacked with rheumatism and was placed in the hospital by reason thereof.
Source pension record number 392498.
contibuted by Gwen Bixler Drivon
to see the entire pension record please go to Schuylkill Archives: Elias Bixler

George Washington Bolton, Sr
Living in Schuylkill Haven at the time.
In 1861 he was a Private in Co. C, 50th Regiment and in 1862 a Corporal in Co., A the 17th Regiment P.V.M.
source 175th Anniversary Book of Schuylkill Haven
contributed by Dan Bolton

Albert Borby
Calvaryman - Survived a saber wound to the skull at Gettysburg
Buried at the Charles Baber Cemetery
source Pottsville Republican- Article Soldiers Rest in Baber Cemetery

John Brobst
enlisted 17 Sept 1861 with 48th infantry
Recruited in Pottsville/Port Clinton area of Schuylkill Co. contributed by ynkstlrw@ptd.net

Henry Brodt
Co."A" 50th Regt Pa Vols. Infty
from Minersville 1695 County of Schuylkill, state of Pennsylvania.
enlisted from Llewellyn, County of Schuylkill, state of Pennsylvania
from his affidavit for Pension funding: Sergt. In Co. "A" 50 Regt Pa. Vols. (subsequently Capt. of said Co.) That he enlisted on April 17 1861 in Co. "B" 25 Regt Pa. Vols. 19 Three Months Troops. That he subsequently enlisted into Co "A" 50 Regt Pa, Vols. 19 August 1861 and served mission until July 30 1865 when he was honorably discharged from service aforesaid. That he served in no other organization.
from his affidavit requesting more pension funding wounded August 29th 1862 at 2nd Battle of Bull Run by being shot in the right thigh by a gun shot wound while in the line of his duty
source pension record number 491768.
contributed by Gwen Bixler Drivon
to see the entire pension record please go to Schuylkill Archives:Henry Brodt

Michael Patrick Burns
joined company K 137 Regiment on Aug.9,1862 at age 24
Each man received 25.00 for joining.That group were all discharged together on June 1,1863; one month before the battle of Gettysburg.
Michael died Dec.3,1891 in his home at Ashley Pa. and is buried in St Marys cem. Wilkes-barre Pa. with a civil war marker on his grave. At the time of his death two of his five children were under the age of 16 and so received a pension.
contributed by Ellen Hooven

Matthew Clarkson
National Archives Soldier's certificate no. 913 089
Veteren Matthew Clarkson Rank Pvt service Co.D, 6,Pa.,Vol.,In. Can no 18770 Bundle No 3,
Priv.Sixth Regiment, Company D Pa Vol. In Military Service Mathew Clarkson enrolled April 22 1861
Priv. Co. D 6 Reg't Pa Inf - Discharged at Harrisburg Pa July 26 1861
request for Pension 1894
born County of Durham England March 3 1839
Residence from 1861 to present Pottsville & Oaklyn New Jersey
died Aug 4 1913
Cerificate No 913098 Department of Interior Bureau of Pensions Washington D.C. dtd.Jan 15 1898 and 9 Feb 1889
Wifes' Maiden name Maryan James
married by Rev Mr Washburn at Pottsville, Schuylkill Co.,Pa. June 28th 1862
Living Children 1894: Anny Clarkson b. Feb 18th 1864
Mary Clarkson b. June 29th 1867
Miney Clarkson b. April 2nd 1871
Emily Clarkson b. Aug 23rd 1869
Florece Clarkson b. Jan 23rd 1874
Matthew R. Clarkson b. June 27th 1876
Source National Archives
contributed by HJack Wells

James Cox
In August 1861 enlisted in Captain J. Claude White's company
which eventually became attached to the 3rd Penn. Cavalry
whose Colonel was W.H. Averill, a West Point graduate and an officer of commanding ability.
The company originally enrolled numbered 108, all residents of Schuylkill County and numbered, amongst others, many who after the war became residents of Williamstown amongst them David Challenger, Holden Chester, Daniel Jones and others. The company "L", under its brilliant and dashing commander, J. Claude White, a native of England and a son of an Episcopalian minister, soon made itself conspicuous for its dash and daring and soon was recognized at Headquarters as the "Old Reliable."
Upon his return from active service he became outside foreman of the Swatara Schuylkill County colliery and later had charge of the inside workings.
source Obit
contributed by Jane Farmer

John Dimmerling
Enlisted in the 48Th, Pennsylvania
contributed by Paul Boyer

John Drobel
Enlisted in the 48Th, Pennsylvania
Believed he was injured at the Battle of Petersburg
contributed by Paul Boyer

George Dunlop
55 Reg. Co. E,, 20 Years old,,Born in England resident of Branchdale
eyes blue, complexion light, hair light, height 5' 6 1/2"
volunteered Feb. 15 1864, Mustered in March 1, 1864 at Harrisburg
Wounded and captured at Drury's Bluff VA.on May 16, 1864 along with approximately 100 others (including fellow Brachdale resident David Weir who was one of few to make good an escape from Andersonville) they were originally sent to Richmond Va. but were transferred to Andersonville on May 23, 1864 George Dunlop was exchanged on Nov. 25 1864 and sent to U.S. General Hospital Div. #2 Annapolis Md. was transferred to Phila. on Dec.16 1864 and traveled to Pottsville on Dec.19 1864. Transportation to Phila was 3 dollars and paid by quartermasters office, transportation to Pottsville was 1 dollar and 92 cents and was deducted from his pay. He is shown on his Reg't muster out rolls on Aug. 30 1865 in Petersburg Va.
all information copied from his civil war records
contributed by Bill Lucas

Thomas Dunlop
Pvt.Thomas Dunlop,,16 reg. Co. K
mustered in Apr. 24 1861 at the age of 18
Was member of Branchdale family who had 3 sons-Thomas, George, John and the father Archibold all who served in the Union army during the civil war.
source headstone
contributed by Bill Lucas

Joseph B. Fulton
Served with the 57th Pa Volunteers - enlisted in Clearfield Pa in 1863 died at City Point Va Jan 1864.
Researcher Rosemary E. Smith

Henry Goodman
Living In saint Clair - 1890
Co G, 81st Regiment - enlisted 9-5-1861
discharged 10-1-1962
rank private
pensioned for disease of the lungs
occupation moulder
Source Pension records #10.658 Contributor: Ted Dombroski

Christian Haldeman
b. 1832-1833) Schuylkill County, Pa., West Penn Township, Tamaqua. Married Mary Polly Nuss (b. 1841).
Parents: Hezekiah (b. 1806) and Maria Balliott Haldeman (b. 1810).
Children:Selma/Selina and Isabelle/Isabella Haldeman.
Home: Summit Hill (Carbon Co.), Pa.
Enlisted: 16 Dec 1861, Private, 11th PVI, Co. H, Mauch Chunk, Pa.
Mustered: Camp Curtin.
Discharge: Disability, 28 Sept 1863, Lop of right leg (three amputations) resulting from minnie ball, Battle of Gettysburg, 3 July 1863. At Gettysburg, assigned to Brig. General Baxter's Brigade, Robinson's Second Division, under Colonel Richard Coulter (300 men). Joined Major General John Reynold's vast First Army Corps column as they entered Gettysburg. Christian Haldeman was moved to USA General Hospital, York, Pa, approximately three weeks after wounding, where it is speculated that the third and final amputation took place.
Died: 1 Dec 1882.
Buried: GAR marker, family plot, First Presbyterian Cemetery, Summit Hill, Pa. The cemetery was converted into a town park c 1970. No tombstones remain.
contributed by Ann Duval

Adam Hand
Recruited as a Private at Pine Grove, Schuylkill County.
He was mustered in on 23 April 1861 for three months.
He later served as Sergeant in the 173rd Regiment, Co. F.
He was mustered in November 1862 and was in until August 1863.
He last served as a Frist Lieutenant in the 184th Pennsylvaina Infantry at Petersburg, Company B. Contributor:Sharman Meck Carroll

Absalem Hehm
Corporal: Company G, 173rd Regiment Pa Vol.
contributed by CF

Jacob Heim
A member of the 181 regiment 20th cavalry company F. For a period of 6 months service.
Date of muster in- June 29,1863 Rank Blacksmith to which he was promoted July 1,1863.
Mustered with company January 6, 1864.
Date of birth- July 26,1839.
Son of George Heim and his wife Katie Erdman.
He was married to Lovina Peifer on Dec22, 1861 at Pillow.
Resided in Leib Schuylkill Co.
Were the parents of 8 children:
John-b. April 11,1862
Lilly-b.March 7,1864
Francis-b. October 5,1869
Della-b.May 8,1876
Emma-b. March 22,1883
He died June 6, 1912 at the age of 72 years 11 months and 10 days. He is buried with his wife in the St Paul's E. C. Church cemetery in Pitman.
source Pension File obtained from the National Archives.
contributed by Carol Harring

John Higgins
Resident of Schuylkill County, PA
enlisted as Co. D of the 16 th Regiment on April 26, 1861.
The drummer of the group source letters contributed by Jim Higgins
Please note there are notes and questions at the bottom of his muster list

Lewis Hopkins
Born1883 - Died 10-5-1894 - Shenandoah Buried Oddfellows Shenandoah
Enlisted in Co K, 81st Regiment on 12-10-1861 in Shenandoah
Discharged 6-19-1962 lost right eye and pensioned for rheumatism
Occupation Engineer
Source: Pension Cert #707,004 and widow's pension cert #913,522
Contributor: Ted Dombroski

Breed N. Hyde
Colonel of the 3rd Vermont Volunteer Infantry
Moved to Pottsville afterward and served as a mining engineer
Buried in Charles Baber Cemetery
source Pottsville Republican- Article Soldiers Rest in Baber Cemetery

Henry Clay Johnson
Resident of Schuylkill County, PA
7th Indiana Vol. Cav.
Henry was born in Schuylkill County PA on March 4, 1845 and died in Allentown PA on April 6, 1914. His wife's name was Emma C. Johnson b. April 26, 1843 (location?) d. August 6, 1882 in Allentown(?) PA
contributed by Heidi and Scott Mcnabb

John Landefeld(t)
served in the Civil War as a Corporal in Company F, Sixth Regiment of Pa. Volunteers. John married Elizabeth Marks in Pottsville and returned there after his discharge from the Union army on 26 July 1861. From Pottsville, in 1895, 1898 and 1890, he made application for an increase in his Civil War Pension. He died before 1904 in Pottsville.
contributed by Mary Deaves

William H. Lindenmuth
Enlisted as a Musician in the 81st Pa. Band 9-14-61.
Discharged 8-9-62.
Also served in Co. C, 5th Pa. Cav. as a private from 9-2-62 to 5-19-65.
Living in Pottsville on the 1890 Civil War Veterans Census.
Researcher: Ted Dombroski

Richard Llewellyn
Private -- Enlisted in Schuylkill County. Served with Company G, 129th Reg. Wounded at the Battle of Fredericksburg, Va on Dec- 12 - 1862 and was transferred to Point Lookout Hospital Md - where he died on
Dec 21, 1862
Researcher: Don Jeffery

Joshua D. Lutz
Corporal: Enlisted 1863 - served in the Irish Dragoons - 117th Regt, 13th Calvary Co H.
Wounded at Amiisville or Jefferson outside of Culpepper Va Oct 12, 1863. Survived a shot in the lung, became a POW - transferred for 18 months to various POW camps including Andersonville - where was robbed of 400.00 dollars. Returned to Mahanoy City after the war where he had a livery business. Died sometime after 1880.
source Biographies of Schuylkill County and several Military Books
Contributor Retha Haibach

John C. McCann
Entered the service in the Union Army as a private in the 55th Infantry Regiment, Co E on Sept 23,1861.
In 1862 his company would see haevy action on Edisto Island, SC. He was captured on May 16,1864 at the Battle of Drewery Bluff and was sent to Andersonville POW Camp in Andersonville, GA near Macon. He survived his imprisonment, staying at Andersonville nearly 6 months but his health would never fully recover the harsdhips of prison life.
John lived in Minersville with his wife at the end of the war and lived in Tresckow at his death
His occupation was that of a carpenter
He was 5'4 1/2" tall, dark comlected, grey/blue eyes and had dark hair
Born 1841 - Long Island, NY
Died 2 Nov 1885 - Tresckow, Pa
Buried 5 Nov 1885 - St Gabriel's Hazelton PA
Unable too return to the military due to dysentery
Source Pension Records
Contributor Tom Brobst

Patrick McLaughlin
Served in 52nd Pa Infantry, Co E : possibly wounded at Chancellorville
Born iN NYC - MAy 1842 - died in 187? in Jallapa - at Old St. Jeromes, Tamaqua.
Worked in the Greenwood Mines
Researcher: J. Stirling

Dennis Melley
Corporal: Enlisted in the 50th Pa Infantry Regiment, Co C in late Sept 1861
According to his pension file: Wounded at the Second battle of Bull Run (shot in the right shoulder). and discharged in June 1863 in order to join the 16th US Infantry Regiment. He was captured at Chickamauga, Ga - held at Danville Va and Andersonville, Ga and was hospitalized there - paroled at Vicksburg Mississippi in 1865.
contributed by Jerry Malley

Robert Meredith, Sr
Served in 48th Penn Infantry Co. C
researcher Roy Allen

Robert Meredith, Jr
Served in 48th Penn Infantry Co. C
researcher Roy Allen

Joel Metz
Seargant in the Co E 6th Pa Reserve Volunteers.
Wounded at Gettysburg and the Wilderness.
resided in Ashland, Schuylkill County, Pa
According to the Pension Roll of 1883 Joel Metz received a pension for his Civil War service (cert. #191,188). His pension was $4.00 a month for a gun shot wound of the right thigh & dates from June 1881.
He was living in Ashland in 1883
Was married to 1)Sarah Fine and had four children: Elizabeth, Richard, Almira (my g-grandmother) and Edward. Sarah died and he married Elizabeth Bernsteil. Sgt. Metz was a blacksmith by trade and is buried in Fountain Springs, Pa.
contributed by Art Williams

William Minich
153rd Infantry Co H. Capt G.H. Yang's unit
contributed by Twilia

Adam Mort
Resident of Schuylkill County, PA
Enlisted at Pottsville 10/5/1861, and was discharged 2/11/1863
contributed by Yancy Mort

Jacob Faust Neifert
Enlisted in the 51st Regiment, Co K, Vol. Infantry on 23-March-1865 and was honorably discharged on 27-July-1865 from Alexandria, Virginia by reason of General Order.
At time of enlistment he was 27 years old had light hair, blue eyes, fair complexion, 5'8"
Born in Barnesville, Rush Township, Schuylkill County 5-August-1838 s/o Jacob Neifert and Elizabeth Faust
Died in Weatherly, Carbon County 29-October-1902
Cause of death: House fell on him
Buried at Christ's Chruch in Barnesville with his first wife Mary Trommeter, son Lucius and infant son.
Reason for request of pension: "Suffering from sun stroke and resulting in Disease of head"- source the Declaration for Original Invalid Pension
sources... pension record number 461978, military record, handwritten documents
contributed by Barbara Lavin

Michael Noonan
Private. Schuylkill, Penn., 34, sailor; enl. and must. 3/25/1864; disch. 4/22/1864 by reason of transf. to Navy.
No record found in U.S. Navy. Had previous service in Co. D,10th Penn. Inf.
28th Mass Inf. Unassigned
contributed by Lori Eggert

Henry Pleasants
Brigadier general for the Union in the Civil War, was hero of the Battle of the Crater in Petersburg
Buried in Charles Baber Cemetery
source Pottsville Republican- Article Soldiers Rest in Baber Cemetery

Curtis Clay Pollack
Lieutenant - killed at the Battle of Petersburg
Buried at the Charles Baber Cemetery
The Historical Society possesses 150 letters he wrote home to his motherduring the war
source Pottsville Republican- Article Soldiers Rest in Baber Cemetery

Charles Potts
Captain of an Infantry Unit - A First Defender
Known as the First to arrive in Washington, D.C. after President Abraham Lincoln called for volunteers to defend the capital. Captured at the Battle of Gettysburg sent to Libby Prison in Richmond, Va.
Worked as a milkman on Norwegian Street after the war
Buried at the Charles Baber Cemetery
source Pottsville Republican- Article Soldiers Rest in Baber Cemetery

Francis W. Reed
Lt Co L 7th Pa Calv.
Letters from Francis to father Obediah Reed, written during the civil war are found in the Port Carbon Library. Francis was killed 6/27/1863, during conflict in Battle of ShelbyvilleTennessee. Father: Obadiah Rieth Reed born 1813 in West Brunswick Twsp, McKeansburg, PA died March 31, 1907 in Pottsville, Schuylkill County. married to: Catharine Bensinger born 1817 in orwigsburg, PA died March 29, 1899 in Port Carbon, PA; Children Francis W. 1838; George W. 1841; Charles W. 1842; Mary C. 1846; Eli E. 1851; David A. 1853; Emily 1859; Thomas M. 1883; Obediah's father was: Christopher Rieth Reed, Sr.9/7/1759 in Tulppehocken Twsp., Schuylkill County, PA; died 12/5/1823 in Brunswick Township, Schuylkill County; mother was Anna Catharine Gilbert born September 02, 1760 in Montgomery County, PA
contributed by Sharon Stephenson Steranko

Josiah Reichart.
Served in the 173rd Regiment Infantry - They organized at Harrisburg Oct and Nov 1862.
Served guard, outpost and provost duty at Norfolk, VA till July 1963. Ordered to Washington, DC July 9, 1863, then to Frederick, MD. Pursuit of General Lee July 12-24. Guard duty at Orange and Alexandria Railroad till August. Mustered out 8/18/1863.
source you will find him in the 1860 PA., Census/Schuylkill Co/Washington Twp/page 115
contributed by Lynette Fox

Albert Reiger
Recruited in Schuylkill County
Albert was born in Pottsville October 29, 1844, the son of Charles Thomas Reiger and Caroline Mayer Reiger and brother of Edward F. Reiger.
He volunteered as a Private in the Infantry on April 19, 1864 for three years. He was 19 years old and described with brown hair, gray eyes, and dark complexion, 5 ft. 6 z' in. He was due a bounty of $100. He was employed as a Boatman prior to enlistment.
He was Mustered-out at Delaney House, D. C., on July 30, 1865.
Source: Enlistment Papers
contributed by Alice Kovacs

Charles Thomas Reiger
Charles Thomas Reiger, husband of Caroline, father of Edward and Albert and resident of Pottsville, PA. Born in 1821 in Germany. He enlisted in Company I, 39th Infantry Regiment, Pennsylvania, on July 1, 1863 at approximately 41 years old. He was mustered out on August 2, 1863
The 39th Regiment Militia Infantry was organized at Reading, PA, July 1863 for the protection of Pennsylvania during Lee's Invasion. Some were employed at Gettysburg, some at Philadelphia and at other points.
Source: History of Pennsylvania Volunteers 1861-5 by Samuel Bates PA Roster
contributed by Alice Kovacs

Edward F. Reiger
Recruited in Schuylkill County
Born January 16, 1846, in Minersville the son of Charles Thomas Reiger and Caroline Mayer Reiger both born in Germany. He was baptized Francis Edward Reiger at St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church in Pottsville on March 22, 1846 by Father Joseph Burg and appears on the 1850 Census rolls of the North West Ward of Pottsville with his parents and three brothers.
Edward enlisted as a Private in the Infantry on February 22, 1864 at Reading, PA, for three years, recruited by Capt. Henry S. Kripp. He was due a bounty of $300. Edward was described with blue eyes, light hair, fair complexion and 5 ft. 6 in. in height. He was just 18 years old and had been employed as a Boatman. A boatman worked on the canal boats transporting coal from Schuylkill County to the city of Philadelphia.
In 1864 Company C was engaged at the Wilderness, Spottsylvania, Cold Harbor and Petersburg. Edward was wounded on June 17, 1864 in while in the line of battle with his company before Petersburg,VA. According to his hospital records it was a grape shot wound entering under his left clavicle and passing down and out near his spine. The records of his hospitalization are unclear but it appears he was treated at the General Hospital, Alexandria, VA. He was furloughed from October 28 to November 27, 1864, mustered to Old Hallowill Branch on February 21, 1865, transferred to Slough Branch on April 4, 1865 and returned to duty on April 27, 1865. His pay records mark him present for March and April and May and June 1865. He appears on the Muster-out-Roll at Delaney House, D. C. on July 30, 1865.
A sworn statement by Charles E. Brown of Schuylkill Co., 3rd Sergeant Company C 50th Regiment which was included in Edward’s pension application, states that Edward was wounded in action in the line of duty and that Brown was in command all other officers being absent either killed or on detached duty.
Edward traveled from Cressona by way of Hazelton and Wilkes-Barre to Warrior Run in Hanover Township, Luzerne County, where he married Margaret Ellen Shoemaker on January 14, 1871. They were the parents of nine children, four of whom survived into adulthood. He was employed as a railroader.
Edward died in Warrior Run in April 1926 at the age of 80. He is buried in Hanover Green Cemetery, in Hanover Township, Luzerne County.
His only surviving son Edward F. Reiger, Jr., served in Cuba in the Spanish American War.
Source: Enlistment Papers, Pension Application, miscellaneous personal documents
contributed by Alice Kovacs

Tom Robinson
Medal of Honor Winner - Tamaqua - Co H. 81st Regiment
Enlisted 8-22-1861
Discharged 10-27-1864
Received Medalof Winner for capturing Confederate Flag at the Battle of Spotsylvania
Born Abt. 1831 Donegal Ireland
Lost Left foot at the Battle of Cold Harbor
Source:Pension Cert 42,320
Contributor:Ted Dombroski

John Roe
with the 129th Pennsylvania Volunteer Regiment
The 129th was brigaded with the 91st 126th 134th 3rd dividion and 5th corps on the 3rd of Sept. 1862.
Commander of fith corps was Major General Fitz Porter.
3rd division, Brigadeer General Arnold A Humphreys.
1st brigade General E.B. Taylor
Also commanded the 91st, 134th,126th and 129th after brigaded.
John Roe joined the 129th on Aug. 12, 1862 and mustered out with company on May 18, 1863. contributed by Marlene Szipocs

John Rourke
John Rourke was born December 5, 1845 in Heckscherville, Cass Twp., Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. He was the son of Dennis and Sarah O'Rourke who had emigrated from County Kilkenny, Ireland

He enlisted the 27th day of February 1864 at Pottsville, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania for three years.

He was assigned to Company C. 3rd. Battalion, 15th. Regiment of U.S. Infantry. He was reported killed in action near Marietta, Georgia, July 4, 1864 a private.

This is a copy of a letter he wrote home on July 3, 1864 the day before he was killed.
My dear father the forth of July is near but we expect to have a heavy fight before it is over. They expect to take Atlanta the fort we will have plenty of shooting crackers to fire off we may not be in much of the fight we expect to go to camp when this campaign is over. I think that will not be long this week. The rebals made a charge this week in the night but they had to go back as quick as the came but they did not as many of them go back as they came. They will never make a charge until the night comes and then they don't do much. We had a good time for so far and I hope we will never have have worse. Let John Nash no that I have his lightness yet and will keep it as long as I can. We expect to be mustered in for our pay to day but God nose when we would get it. We may not get it until the fight is over then we will go to camp for some time. We got no bad times yet for as far but all of us is in good cheer with each other the worst thing we want is tobacco it is as hard to get a chew as to beat the rebels. A plug that you would get at home for twenty five sense you would have to pay a dollar and half here for.

My dear sister I have your pray book yet and the little pray you gave me and them I will keep until I go home with the help of God and never fret no more at preasent but I send my love and best respect to my father and mother brothers and sisters and to all the neighbors.

I send my love to John Nash and to James Adams and to Willi Cosgrove and to the too John He---- and to young John Burns and his wife and to May and Motey and to Margaret and to ------ McGrath and to Mary Catherine McGrath and to Mary Horan and to Lize Maby and her sister and to Mathew Horen and family and to Michael Brennan and to the rest of the neighbors. Direct your letters to John Rourke Co. C. Batt.15 U.S.Inftry. 1st. Division 2nd. Birgade 14 of Army Corp. Army of the Cumberland Grayville Georgia write soon good bye hurah

I have seen the the Coalcastle boys and they are all well we are all in the one battilion and (last? ) night we ware relieved and ------ sh-------- and us all came ------ but one of our company he was lightly wounded.
contributed by Ron McAvoy

Henry Royer
Colonel of a Militia Regiment
Lived on Mahantongo Street in Pottsville
Buried in Charles Baber Cemetery
source Pottsville Republican- Article Soldiers Rest in Baber Cemetery

Reuben Riegel.
Co. "E" 97th Regt. Penna Vols., enrolled at Camp Waliter, West Chester, PA., Participated in the march between Fisher's Station and ----NC
He lived in various communities in Sch. Co.--Sch. Haven, Tremont, Port Carbon, Cressona.
source pension record
contributed by Marge Heffner

Cyrus Sheetz
Captain of an Infantry Unit - A First Defender
Known as the First to arrive in Washington, D.C. after President Abraham Lincoln called for volunteers todefend the capital.
Keeper of the Northwest Hotelin Pottsville
Buried at the Charles Baber Cemetery
source Pottsville Republican- Article Soldiers Rest in Baber Cemetery

Joshua K. Sigfried
Army General
Buried at the Charles Baber Cemetery
Lived on Mahantongo St
source Pottsville Republican- Article Soldiers Rest in Baber Cemetery

James Snyder
From Pottsville

Abraham F. Starr
Private in Co. A. 50th Reg't Pa. Inf. Mustered in on 27 Feb. 1864, at Pottsville
On the muster Roll for Apr and May 1864- present.
From May to June 1864-absent wounded.
Company was in action in VA River May 9, 1864, wound in action near Spottsylvania, VA and wounded in action at Petersburg, Va.
June 18 , 1864 , he reported absent-wound till Oct 31,1864.
Nov. and DEC 1864 to June 30 ,1865- present.
He mustered out with the Company on July 30, 1865- Harrisburg,Pa.
Abraham Starr was born Nov 1840- Rough and Ready Upper Mahantango Twp. Sch. CO. Pa. Lived in Klingerstown. Died 4 Oct. 1923 in Upper Mahantango Twp, Sch. CO, Pa On Oct 8, 1923 was buried in the Salem's Cemetery in Rough and Ready Twp. He was a Farmer.
He married Rebecca Schegel on 23 DEC 1867 at the residence of David Schegel by the Lutheran Minister, Rev J.C. Smith
He listed his children:
Lilly Alveratha-b. 27 May 1868
George Oscar b. 4 Feb 1870
David b. 2 Sept 1875
Felix b. 5 Nov 1877
Elmer Jacob b. 15 June 1882
Pension -$72 per month
Source: Pension # 251,997;#368.733
contributed by Sharman Meck Carroll

John Sunderland
enlisted in the Union Army in Silver Creek, PA.
On November 7, 1861 he enlisted in the Union Army and was assigned to Co. E. 48th Pennsylvania Volunteers (infantry). On December 13, 1862 while serving with his company in the battle of Fredricksburg, VA he was wounded. As a result of this wound his right arm was amputated at the shoulder. He was discharged from the army on April 11, 1863 with a certificate of disability
John Sunderland was born abt 1830 in Ireland and next shows up in the Federal Census of East Norwegian Township in Schuylkill County, PA. He married Margaret Brennan on July 27, 1853 in St. Stephen's RCA Church in Port Carbon, PA. John and Margaret lived first in Middleport, Blythe Twp, then in Silver Creek and finally Jackson's Patch all in Schuylkill County. He is listed as a coal miner by profession. and on Sep 1, 1863 is granted a Civil War pension in the amount of $8.00 a month.

John and Margaret Brennan had eight children--Thomas b1854, Elizabeth b 1855, William b 1858, John b 1860, Benjamin b 1864, all of the previous children were born in Silver Creek, the following were born in Jackson's Patch, Mahanoy City, PA---Thomas b 1866, Mary b 1868, Catherine born 1873.

John died on March 29, 1874 from recurring problems resulting from his amputation. He is buried in the Annunciation Church cemetery in Shenandoah Heights, Schuylkill County, PA

When John died his wife Margaret moved to Chicago and lived with her daughter Mary. Mary's husband was Thomas Quinn. She died in Chicago on Feb 11, 1906 and is buried in Chicago. Margaret's parents were Thomas and Mary Brennan both born in Ireland.
contributed by Jack Fowler

Lewis Thompson
Buried at the Charles Baber Cemetery
source Pottsville Republican- Article Soldiers Rest in Baber Cemetery

William Thompson
Buried at the Charles Baber Cemetery
Building in Pottsville named after him
source Pottsville Republican- Article Soldiers Rest in Baber Cemetery

Peter Van Blargan
North Union was mustered into Company F of the 105th Pennsylvania on March 18, 1865. He joined as a substitute, and is listed as Vanoligan in that regiment's official roster
Researcher: Chris Van Blargan

William Williams
Enlisted as a private in Co K, 81st Pa - 9-24-1864
Discharged 6-1-1865
Cos Gand K - name on Monument in Odd Fellows Cemetery- Saint Clair - 81st Regiment
Researcher: Ted Dombroski

Franklin Wolf
149 Reg.Com C. Pa.Vol. Private. Served 5 yrs.in the Civil War. Aug.19,1862 to March 1863 He was also in this Meyerstown Rifle 2nd Brigade,5th Division Pa.Militia
Source Pension Record
Researcher: Jamie Ritchie

Phillip Wolf
149 Reg.Com C. Pa.Vol. Private.
Researcher: Jamie Ritchie

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