(1831 - 1922)
Home State: Pennsylvania
Branch of Service: Infantry
At 8 years old he moved with his parents to a farm in Ulysses, Potter County, PA and at age 12 he went out on his own as a carpenter and goldsmith. On 16 October 1861, by then 29 years old, he enlisted in Potter County, and he mustered into service as Private, Company G, 53rd Pennsylvania Infantry on 29 October in Harrisburg.
On the Campaign
He was wounded in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862 near the Sunken Road:
He, with other men lying close to the ground in the second line of battle, heard a cheer in front, and, having curiosity to know its occasion, raised himself on his hands when a shell hit both arms.His right humerus (upper arm bone) was broken.
The rest of the War
He was treated at a field hospital near the battlefield and his right arm was amputated at the shoulder joint. He was admitted to a US Army hospital in Frederick, MD on 3 October, and his other - left - arm was amputated in the upper third of his forearm on 5 October. He was discharged for disability on 29 December 1862 and provided with a pension.
After the War
The Pennsylvania Legislature appropriated $200 in 1864 so that he could buy two prosthetic arms. By 1906 his pension was $100 per month. He was a farmer at Ulysses in Potter County and lived to be 90 years old.
References & notes
His service from the Card File,1 which says only that he was "not accounted for" on the Company muster-out roll. Wound and hospital details from the Patient List 2 and the MSHWR.3 Personal details from family genealogists, the US Census of 1880, and a bio sketch in J.H. Beers' History of the Counties of McKean, Elk, Cameron and Potter, Pennsylvania (1890), source of the quote above. His gravesite is on Findagrave.
He married Sophia F. Whipple Scott (1834-1893) in 1863. They had two children and raised Sophia's two from a previous marriage; two of the four died young.
12/01/1831; Wyoming County, NY
08/31/1922 Potter County, PA; burial in Raymond Cemetery, Raymond, PA
1 Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Adjutant-General, Pennsylvania Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866, Published <2005, first accessed 01 July 2005, <http://www.digitalarchives.state.pa.us/archive.asp?view=ArchiveIndexes&ArchiveID=17> [AotW citation 23245]
2 National Museum of Civil War Medicine, and Terry Reimer, Frederick Patient List, Published 2018, first accessed 17 September 2018, <http://www.civilwarmed.org/explore/primary-sources/databases/frederickpatient/>, Source page: patient #4.958 [AotW citation 23246]
3 Barnes, Joseph K., and US Army, Office of the Surgeon General, The Medical and Surgical History of the War of the Rebellion, 6 books, Washington DC: US Government Printing Office, 1870, Volume 2, Part 2, pg. 623 [AotW citation 23248]