(1835 - 1905)
Home State: Pennsylvania
Branch of Service: Infantry
He mustered into service as First Sergeant, Company B, 22nd Pennsylvania Infantry on 23 April 1861 and mustered out with them on 7 August in Philadelphia. He was then commissioned 2nd Lieutenant, Company H, 106th Pennsylvania Infantry on 28 August 1861 and was promoted to First Lieutenant on 17 July 1862.
On the Campaign
At Antietam on 17 September 1862:
Arriving at a fence, running at right angles to the Hagerstown pike across the open field north of the Dunker Church, an effort was made to rally and check the advance of the now elated enemy, who were emerging from the woods in large numbers. Here Sergeant Benjamin F. Sloanaker, of Company C, Color Sergeant, and with Sergeants Rose and Foy of Company H, planted the colors on the fence and called upon the Regiment to "rally on the colors". Captain Allen and Lieutenant Tyler rallied the other men, calling upon them to stand by their colors, and stand they did, detachments of other regiments joining them ...
The rest of the War
He was promoted to Captain on 24 February 1863. He was captured near Petersburg on the Jerusalem Plank Road on 22 June 1864 and was a prisoner at Macon, GA and Columbia, SC and Libby Prison, Richmond, VA until 18 December 1864. He was transferred to Company K in July 1864 and was discharged on 4 January 1865.
After the War
He was elected first vice president of the Pennsylvania Commandery of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) in 1883. In 1893 he was elected superintendent for the Commissioners of City Hall, Philadelphia, responsible for public buildings in the city.
References & notes
Basic information and the quote above from Ward1, source also of his picture. His service in the 22nd Infantry from Bates.2 He's on a list of prisoner's at Libby in September 1864 published in the New York Times of 21 September 1864. His occupation from the Philadelphia City Hall Directory of Offices (1893). His gravesite is on Findagrave.
01/1835; Philadelphia, PA
12/08/1905; Philadelphia, PA; burial in Mount Peace Cemetery, Philadelphia, PA
1 Ward, Joseph R. C., History of the One-Hundred and Sixth Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-1865 (2nd Ed.), Philadelphia: Grant, Faires & Rogers, 1906, pp. 105, opposite 257, 351 [AotW citation 21549]
2 Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871, Vol. 1, pg. 203 [AotW citation 21550]