Civil War Biographies

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Frances Marian Cunningham, 1st.W.Va. Cavalry, Co. H.

Frances was born in 12/31/1837 in Upper Turkeyfoot Twp., Somerset County. His father was Robert Cunningham b.10/31/1808 d.6/7/1889 and his mother was Jane Pinkerton.

Frances joined the 1st.W.Va. Cavalry, Co. H. He was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for Distinguished bravery under fire at the battle of Saylors Creek. He served under Custer and was present at Lees surrender at Appomattox. He and his wife are buried near Ohiopile, Fayette County. Contributed by: Jack Cunningham.

Emanuel Eichlein/Exline, Company F, 142nd Regiment, PA Volunteers

Emanuel Eichlein/Exline was born 11 April 1826 in Somerset, Pa. He married Louisa, daughter of Adam and Margarite Spaugy. He served in Company F, 142nd Regiment, Pa Volunteers infantry. He mustered in 25 Aug 1862 and was discharged by Surgeons cert. 07 Dec 1865. He received an invalid pension in Apr 1879 which was transferred to a widows pension in Oct 1901 on his death. Invalid pension app #276433 and cert #272756, Widow's pension app #750934 and cert # was hard to read, but I think it is 569607.

Emanuel ended up in Fayette County and later Emanuel was in Westmorelamd County, but he entered the war from Somerset County.

Emanuel Exline's Civil War Index Card

Contributed by: Harold Spaugy

Jacob Metzler, Company I, 19th Regiment, PA Vols.

Jacob Metzler was born circa 1814 in Somerset, Pennsylvania. "He moved to Lee County after serving his country through the late war and is fully entitled to the honor of one who assisted in saving the Union. He enlisted as Pvt. in Company I, 19th Regiment of Pa. Volunteers Infantry, Oct. 10, 1862 and participated in the following engagements. Fredericksburg, Chancelorsville, Gettysburg, Bucton Station, Pappahonock Station, Mire Run, Wilderness, Po River, Spottsylvania, N. Anna, Tolpolony, Cold Harbor, Petersburg and all the battles of the Army of the Potomac in the summer of 1864. He was transferred to Co. B. 11th Regiment, Veteran Reserve corps, March 19, 1865 and was honorably discharged at Concord, New Hampshire, July 25, 1865. The old soldier was buried yesterday (April 24) by his late comrades in the war and now rests from his troubles in the G.A.R. at Oakwood."(Dixon, Lee Co., IL Telegraph, Jan. 2, 1888, p.1:col.2)

Jacob's first wife's name was Caroline and she died between 1857 and 1860. Known children - 6. He married Catherine Lint prior to moving to Lee Co., IL. Known children- 4. Submitted by Linda B. Meyers, buffy@mwci.net.

Daniel Spaugy, Company B, 61st Regiment, PA Volunteers

Daniel Spaugy b. Aug 1833 on the Atlantic Ocean enroute to the U.S. He was drafted into Co B, 61st Regiment., Pa Volunteers infantry. He was a pow for a short time, was released and was being returned to duty to Ft Monroe, Va. when he fell out of the boat and drowned, 16 May 1865. His wife Catherine applied for a pension but was refused because the government claimed he committed suicide. He was a son of Adam and Margarite Spaugy of Allegheny, Somerset, Pa.

Daniel (David) Spaugy's Civil War Index Card

Contributed by: Harold Spaugy

William Spaugy, Company F, 142nd Regiment, PA Volunteers

William Spaugy born 19 Jan 1941, Allegheny Township, Somerset County, Pa enlisted in Co F, 142nd Regiment, Pa Volunteers. Mustered in 15 Aug 1862 and mustered out with Company on 29 May 1865. He applied for and received an invalid pension on 03 Aug 1891 and died in Bullskin Township, Fayette County, Pa in Apr 1906. The pension app 3 is 1045742 and the pension cert # is 783807. He was a son of Adam and Magarite Spaugy of Allegheny, Somerset, Pa.

William ended up in Fayette County, but he entered the war from Somerset County.

William Spaugy's Civil War index Card

Contributed by: Harold Spaugy

William H. Spaugy, Company H, 2nd Regiment, Potomac Home Brigade, MD Infantry

William H Spaugy b. 1838, Stoney Creek, Somerset, Pa. He enlisted in Co H, 2nd Regiment, Potomac Home Brigade, Md. infantry. He was captured and died in POW camp in Danville, Va., on 27 Mar, 1864. He is buried in Danville National Cemetery, Danville, Va., Section C site 603. He was a son of Jacob and Julianne Spaugy of Stoney Creek, Somerset, Pa. His mother applied for Mother's pension and received it on 25 Jun 1868, app #162353 and cert #123246.

William H. Spaugy, Civil War Index Card
William H. Spaugy, Casualty Sheet

Contributed by: Harold Spaugy


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