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Federal (USV)


Samuel Wilson Evans

(1839 - 1908)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 12th Pennsylvania Reserves

Before Antietam

A 21 year old farmer in Brush Valley Township, Indiana County, he mustered as Private Company H, 12th Pennsylvania Reserves on 24 July 1861.

On the Campaign

He was with his Company in action on South Mountain on 14 September and at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was discharged at the end of his term and mustered out on 11 June 1864 at Harrisburg.

After the War

He returned to his farm in Brush Valley. He was active in Grand Army of the Republic (GAR), a member of Post 144 in Mechanicsburg (now Brush Valley) and Post Commander for some years.

References & notes

Service from Bates.1 Details from J.T. Stewart's Indiana County, Pennsylvania: Her People, Past and Present (1913) and family genealogists. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Sarah Jane Elliott (1841-1922) in 1874 and they had three daughters together.

More on the Web

His decorative discharge document of 1905 is online thanks to the Maryland State Archives.


03/22/1839; Brush Valley, Indiana County, PA


09/26/1908; Indiana, PA; burial in Greenwood Cemetery, Indiana, PA


1   Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871, Vol. 1, pg. 902  [AotW citation 20785]