(1832 - 1880)
Home State: Pennsylvania
Command Billet: Commanding Regiment
Branch of Service: Infantry
He ran Brown's Hotel in Erie and by 1853 was Captain of the Wayne Guards militia there. He was commissioned 21 April 1861 as Captain, Company B, of the Erie Regiment for three months' service, then as Captain, Company I, 83rd Pennsylvania Infantry on 27 August 1861. He was wounded and captured in action at Gaines Mill, VA on 27 June 1862, then taken home to recover. He was discharged for promotion on 4 September 1862, and commissioned Colonel of the 145th Pennsylvania on 5 September.
On the Campaign
His Regiment was not yet part of the Army of the Potomac when he led them from the vicinity of Hagerstown, MD toward Sharpsburg on the morning of 17 September 1862. They took position on the Potomac at the far right of the Army about noon on the 17th, and had duty burying the dead in the days immediately after the battle.
The rest of the War
He was wounded in action at Fredericksburg, VA in December 1862 by gunshots to the right shoulder and right thigh, and again at Gettysburg, PA on 2 July 1863, shot in the upper right arm. On 12 May 1864 he was captured in action at Spotsylvania, VA, and held at Macon, GA and Charleston, SC. He was exchanged on 3 August 1864 and was honored by brevet to Brigadier General on 3 September 1864. He was assigned light duty, commanding Hart's Island, NY from 8 October until his resignation for disability on 1 February 1865.
After the War
He was Collector of Customs at Erie in the 1870s, and superintendent of gas lamps in Erie.
References & notes
Service from Bates.1 Details from service data compiled by Historical Data Systems, Inc and in Dr. Verel R. Salmon's Common Men in the War for the Common Man (2010), source also of his picture, from a photograph in the Hunt Collection, US Army Military History Institute. His gravesite is on Findagrave.
10/27/1832; North East, PA
11/25/1880; Erie, PA; burial in Erie Cemetery, Erie, PA
1 Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871 [AotW citation 17632]