(1836 - 1913)
Home State: Pennsylvania
Education: Marshall College
Command Billet: Regimental Officer
Branch of Service: Infantry
see his Battle Report
Known by Watson, he was a lawyer from Greencastle, PA, and enlisted for three months' service as Private in the Second Pennsylvania Infantry on 20 April 1861, and served in the Shenandoah Valley. He was promoted to Sergeant Major and First Lieutenant before mustering out on 26 July. He mustered into the 126th Pennsylvania Infantry on 8 August 1862 as Captain of Company K, and was appointed Lieutenant Colonel of the Regiment on the 13th.
On the Campaign
The Regiment arrived at Sharpsburg on the morning of 18 September, part of Humphrey's Division.
The rest of the War
He was in combat at Fredericksburg in December, and took command of the Regiment when Colonel Elder was wounded there. He was himself slightly wounded in action at Chancellorsville on 3 May 1863. He mustered out with the Regiment on 20 May 1863.
After the War
He returned to Greencastle and the practice of law. In 1868 he was appointed, and later elected, to the bench as President Judge of the 16th judicial district of Pennsylvania His picture is on page 397 of Bates' and Richard's History of Franklin County (1887).
References & notes
More on the Web
His A Sketch of the 126th Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers (1869) is online from the Internet Archive.
11/12/1836; Greencastle, PA
07/15/1913 Chambersburg, PA; burial in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Greencastle, PA
1 Bates, Samuel Penniman, Martial Deeds Of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia: T. H. Davis & Co., 1876, pp. 746-747 [AotW citation 155]
2 Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871 [AotW citation 23889]