Bowman, Isaac Musser – Pvt. Co. I, 18th Infantry, PA

Isaac Musser Bowman Civil War Story

Isaac M. Bowman photo

Isaac M. Bowman photo

Isaac Musser Bowman was born July 11, 1836, in Eden Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania to Isaac Bowman (22 Nov 1802-5 Mar 1875) and Anne (Nancy) Musser (18 Oct 1805-6 Apr 1875).

His grandfather, John Bowman born in 1755, served in the American Revolution for Pennsylvania.  His great grandparents were born in Switzerland.

Isaac married Charlotte Alexander (born on 26 Jun 1835 in Eden Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania).   They married on 27 Oct 1859 in Eden Township, Pennsylvania.  Charlotte’s grandparents were both born in Ireland.  Her parents, James Alexander and Martha McCullough were born in Pennsylvania.

Isaac was a 24-year-old shoe and boot maker when he enlisted on April 24, 1861, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as a Private in the Union Army, 18th Regiment, Infantry, Company I. The 18th regiment was organized in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at Washington Square until May 14.  Then it moved to Baltimore, Maryland, with duty near Fort McHenry until May 22 and at Federal Hill until August.

Most of his regiment was removing stores to Fort McHenry from Pikesville Arsenal. The 18th regiment was formed for three months and was mustered on August 6, 1861, in Philadelphia, PA.  Part of Company I re-enlisted for 10 days at the request of General Banks, then mustered out. Several of the Pennsylvania regiments were called up for only three months in 1861 and some in 1862 were called up for 20 days to repel Lee’s invasion of Maryland then disbanded.

Isaac M Bowman Gravestone

Isaac M Bowman Gravestone, New Providence Cemetery Lancaster, PA

Isaac was a fine mechanic and was about the last in his area who could make a complete boot or shoe.  He was one of the first to cultivate small fruits in the Lower End.  He was one of the most prominent residents of Camargo.

Charlotte died at the young age of 44 years on 25 Sep 1881, in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

Isaac died July 16, 1910, at age 74 years and 5 days, at his home in Camargo, Eden Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. He was buried in the Mennonite burying ground, New Providence Cemetery, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

Lackey, Levi Pvt. Co A, 209th PA Vol Infantry

Levi Lackey joined the PA Volunteers, Company A, Regiment 209 in Harrisburg, PA on September 8, 1864, under the command of Captain John B. Landis of Carlisle, PA. He was wounded in action during the Battle of Bermuda Hundred, Virginia. According to his obituary “In the attack upon the picket lines by the division of General Pickett on the night of November 15, 1864, the regiment lost by capture 128 men including Col. T. B. Kauffman, commander of the regiment. A number more were killed and wounded. Mr. Lacky had his leg shot off below the knee and with the aid of a stick, he managed to work his way back to the Union line of works, a distance of three-fourths of a mile, where he laid until daylight when he was taken in and cared for. He was a member of (G.A.R.) Captain Colwell Post 201, of Carlisle, and an exemplary citizen. He will be buried at Springville Cemetery.”

Levi’s brother Emanuel Lackey also served in the Civil War. Levi was discharged from service on April 11, 1865. Levi died of complications of a series of strokes in August 1894 at only 50 years of age. He had been a farmer (like many generations before and after him).

Levi Lackey was born on August 8, 1845, in Cumberland County, PA. He married Sara(h) Hinkle and they had several children, including daughter Frances.

Levi’s daughter Frances Lackey (born in Boiling Springs, April 1874, died September 1912) married Charles Ross Wilson. Together they had four children (Jacob Levi, Sara, Merle, and Ross). Ross died as an infant.

Jacob Levi Wilson (born April 1896 in Boiling Springs, PA, and died July 1955 same location) married Ruth Naomi Kuhn on February 20, 1915, in Carlisle PA. Jacob and Ruth had six sons (Charles Robert, Wendel, Durwood, Leslie, Francis Edward, and Mac). Francis Edward (Ed)Wilson (Born November 9, 1930, in the family farmhouse in Boiling Springs, died October 9, 2005, in Arlington WA) married Betty Lou Kuhn on June 25th, 1958 in Mt. Holly Springs, PA. They had two daughters. Francis Edward is the child through whom the line descended to the member of Laura Belle Stoddard, Tent 22 of Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, 1861-1865.

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Sellers, Henry, Pvt., Co. G, 2nd 101st PA Infantry

Henry Sellers was born on 15 March 1831, in Littlestown, Adams County, Pennsylvania. He was the fourth and final son of Abraham Sellers and Elizabeth Mous Sellers. On 31 March 1857, he and Belinda Catharine Schwartz were married by the Reverend Jacob Sechler at the United Church of Christ in Hanover, Pennsylvania.

Henry enlisted in the Union Army on 28 February 1865 at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and on 13 March 1865 was mustered in as a Private into Captain Norris’ Company, 2nd 101st Pennsylvania Infantry, at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. In the Pennsylvania Archives records, he was described as 5’ 8” tall, with a dark complexion, dark eyes, and black hair. He was a 35-year-old lumber merchant. He and Belinda had two small children at home when he entered into military service.

The 2nd 101st Pennsylvania Infantry was formed as a result of the defeat and subsequent imprisonment of the original 101st Pennsylvania Infantry at the Battle of Plymouth, North Carolina, which began on Sunday 17 April 1864 and ended on Wednesday 20 April 1864. There, the Union troops, numbering less than 3,000, were faced with Confederate forces between 12,000 and 15,000 strong. The Union prisoners, known as the “Plymouth Pilgrims”, were kept overnight in a field, and the following morning they began their march to Tarboro, NC where they would board the trains and head deeper south to Prisoner of War Camps. The imprisonment which followed resulted in 40% of the 101st being buried in Southern graves. An additional 10% would die shortly after being paroled or arriving home.

In the spring of 1865, Union soldiers from the 2nd 101st Pennsylvania, including Henry Sellers, began arriving at Roanoke Island to fill up the depleted ranks of the 101st. The plans were to form 8 new companies and combine the men of the original 101st already there into 2 companies, with a total of 10 companies. However, this re-organization never was totally effected, due to the war’s end. The men were mustered out on 25 June 1865, at New Bern, North Carolina, and Henry returned home, in ill health, to resume his life in Pennsylvania. He and Belinda had 5 more children, including William Henry Sellers. From this child descends this line to the member of Laura Belle Stoddard Tent 22, Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War 1861-1865.

Henry’s family physician, Dr. J. S. Kemp, declared in an affidavit that he began treating Henry in the autumn of 1865, for malaria and chorea, accompanied by nervous prostration. His last illness commenced April 12, 1887, when a barrel fell on his arm, resulting in a severe bruise, which led to erysipelas, and finally in blood poisoning. Henry died four days later, on 16 April 1887, at age 56. He is buried with his wife and two of his children at Mount Carmel Cemetery, Littlestown, Adams County, Pennsylvania.

Virtue, John, Pvt., Co. H, 21st PA Cavalry

John Virtue (born 9 Sep 1843, d. 26 Feb 1932) was the son of James & Mary (McCREA) VIRTUE.

In 1868 at Cross Creek, PA, John married Rebecka Dimit/Dimmit (b. 20 Aug 1844 Independence, Washington County, PA, d. 2 Aug 1929 Danbury, Woodbury Co IA). John and Rebecca had at least six children, including Mary S Virtue, b. ca 1876, Washington Co, PA, from whom this line descended to the member of Laura Belle Stoddard Tent 22, Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, 1861-1865.

John Robert Virtue died in 1932. Both he and wife Rebecka are buried in Liston Township Cemetery, Danbury, Woodbury County, Iowa.


John enrolled in Co H, PA 21st Cavalry Regiment on 28 Feb 1864 at Pittsburg PA and mustered out, with his company, on 8 July 1865.

[Sources: Pension File: Application #721.604 AND Certificate #782.787 dated 2 Aug 1889; filed from Iowa]



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Truesdail, Charles M., Pvt., Co. B, 177th PA Infantry

Charles M Truesdail was born on 30 Sep 1837 in Susquehanna Co, Pennsylvania, the son of Isaac (22 Jul 1799 NJ/NY? – 1876) and Polly POTTER (1800 NJ – 1876) TRUESDAIL.

On 1 Jan 1864 in Herrick, PA, Charles was married to Elizabeth “Betsy” POTTER (3 Sep 1841 PA – 20 Dec 1927 in Redlands CA).

Charles and Betsy had at least five children, from one of whom: Ernest Leonard (18 Aug 1874 Clifford, PA – 13 Mar 1969 Redlands, CA.) descended this line to the member of Laura Belle Stoddard, Tent 22 of Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War 1861-1865.

Charles died at Burlingame, Osage County, Kansas on 3 Mar 1909.

[Sources: Application for membership: DUV.

US Federal Census, 1850-1900.]

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 Charles Miller Truesdail, at 24 years of age, was enrolled on 5 Nov 1863 at Camp Curtin, PA, for a 9-months service in Company B of the 177th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment, and was mustered out with his company on 5 Aug 1863. After the war, he was first a member of the G.A.R. in Pennsylvania, and, after migrating to Kansas, became a member of the E. P. Sheldon Post #35 in Burlingame, Osage Co, KS.

[Sources: Application for membership: DUV.

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Howard, James Hanlon, Pvt. Co. I, 93rd PA Infantry

Pvt. James Hanlon Howard

Company I, 93rd Pennsylvania Infantry

G.A.R. Starr-King Post #52, Santa Barbara, California


James Hanlon Howard

James H. Howard was born on 21 February 1821 in Somerset Co, Pennsylvania, son of Henry (b. PA, ca 1780) and Margaret [Hanlon? Hemminger?] (b. Ireland ca 1785) HOWARD.

At his parents’ home in Jenner Township, Somerset County, PA, on 15 May 1845, James was married to Mary Elizabeth “Polly” Hoffman (b. ca 1828 PA; d. 22 Nov 1916 Santa Barbara, CA), daughter of Gillian (1797—1885) and Rachel Schafer (1801—1866) HOFFMAN, of Cambria County, PA. The Rev. David Smoots officiated.

James and Mary/Polly had at least four children. From the 2nd child and only son, Henry “Harry” H Howard, descends this line to the member of Laura Belle Stoddard, Tent 22 of Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, 1861-1865.

In Pittsburgh PA on 20 Sep 1864, James Hanlon Howard, 43, was mustered into Company I of the 93rd Regiment of Pennsylvania Infantry for a 1-year term of service. At that time he was described as 5’11” tall, with grey eyes, brown hair and a light complexion. He was listed as a farmer residing in Washington County, PA. After serving just short of nine months, he was discharged on 13 Jun 1865JHH_PAArchiveCard_CivilWar, by a General Order.

During his period of service, James likely first participated with the regiment at the Battle of Cedar Creek October 19, followed by duty in the Shenandoah Valley till December. The regiment moved to Petersburg December 9-12, as part of the Siege of Petersburg from December 1864 to April 1865. (Dabney’s Mills, Hatcher’s Run, February 5-7, 1865. Fort Fisher, Petersburg, March 25. Appomattox Campaign March 28-April 9. Assault on and fall of Petersburg April 2.) The regiment was part of the Pursuit of Lee April 3-9; Appomattox C. H. April 9; Surrender of Lee and his army; March to Danville April 23-27; and duty there till May 23. The regiment moved to Richmond, Va., thence to Washington. D. C., May 23-June 3, with a Corps Review on June 8, before being mustered out June 27, 1865.

By 24 June 1870 James, Mary/Polly and their four children, Rachel, Henry, Maggie, and Lizzie  were living in the 5th Ward of Johnstown, Cambria Co, Pennsylvania. By 1892, James and Mary/Polly were living in Santa Barbara County, California, where James had been registered to vote. By 1 Jun 1900 the couple lived at #626 De la Guerra Street in the City of Santa Barbara’s 4th Ward. As to how they “went west”: in the 1880 census is found an appropriate couple living in New York City [NYC: ED 558; page 9A: Lines 3-4]. It seems reasonable to imagine that James and his wife might have taken ship from NYC to migrate to California.

From the JH HOWARD binder: 18 Jul 1892: “Comrade HOWARD” was accepted into the membership of Starr-King Post 52 of the Grand Army of the Republic, in Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara County, California, following review of his application received by the Post on 4 Jul 1892

James Hanlon Howard died in Santa Barbara on 11 July 1903, some eleven years after he is first recorded in the California Great Register of Voters. Mary/Polly Hoffman Howard survived her husband by 13 years, dying on 20 Nov 1916 and being buried with her husband in Santa Barbara Cemetery on 22 Nov 1916.

[ Family sources:  All accessed in March 2015.

The “JH Howard, G.A.R. / D.U.V.” Binder created and owned by the DUV member. databases, esp. US Federal Census of 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900. databases, esp: California Great Register of Voters





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[Military Sources: all accessed in March 2015:’s Civil War Databases.








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Richmond, Cornelius T. Pvt. – 119th PA Vol. Infantry MIA

Cornelius Trimble Richmond, b. New Jersey on 15 May 1818, was the 8th of 11 CTRichmond1862children of David Richmond and his wife Nancy [a.k.a.”Mrs Nancy Gamble”] Richmond. On 15 Feb 1846 in Philadelphia Co, PA, CTR married Ellen R. Crispin [b. Bucks County, PA on 15 Jul 1821; d. Floyd County, Indiana 25 Jun 1898.] They lived in the Manayunk-Roxborough areas of Philadelphia County PA and had at least 5 children: Anna Elizabeth 1849-1916; Virginia, 1850-?; David Madison 1853-1854; Eugene 1855-?; and Phebe Jane 1860-1906. 

CTR was enrolled on 18 Aug 1862 in Company F of Philadelphia’s “Gray Reserves” – the 119th Regiment of PA Volunteer Infantry under command of Colonel Peter C Ellmaker, and mustered in as a 44-year-old private on 1 Sep 1862. He participated at the Battle of Fredericksburg (VA) in December 1862, and in Jan 1863 took part in General Burnside’s failed “Mud March”, then spending the remainder of winter quartered at White Oak Church (near Fredericksburg) until the Chancellorsville Campaign began in Apr 1863. Assigned to the 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 6th Corps, under Sedgwick, the 119th took heavy fire at Marye’s Heights, but it was during the fighting at Salem Church on Saturday 3 May 1863, that Cornelius was last seen. 

According to the widow’s pension record and an affidavit from Sam. Breck [?} Assistant Adjutant General dated 15 Sep 1963, CTR “is reported Missing in action May 3d 1863, Morrison’s Farm near Fredericksburg, Va.” Morrison’s Farm was directly across the Orange Plank Road from the Salem Church. 

Twenty-six original civil war letters are extant and in the possession of CTR’s great-great-granddaughter: 23 from CTR to his wife; 1 written by ERCR to her husband – but not sent; and 2 from CTR’s tentmate Arthur Commerford, in response to queries sent him by Ellen R Crispin Richmond after CTR was missing. You are invited to read these letters: 

Cornelius T Richmond remains Missing In Action. 

Pinkerton, Benjamin Franklin, Pvt. – Co. F, 173 PA Infantry

Benjamin Franklin Pinkerton was a private in the Pennsylvania 173rd Regiment Infantry Company F from November 1862 to August 1863. He was also in the 50th Pennsylvania Infantry Company A.

He was born in Tremont, Blair County, Pennsylvania in 1846 to Joseph Pinkerton and Susan Shadow. His father was a coal miner who died when Benjamin was seven. His mother remarried Emanuel Riffert. Benjamin had fours iblings and six half siblings.

Benjamin was married three times. His first wife was Susan Moyer and they had three children. In 1879 he married Mary Russ and they had one child. He was married a third time to Rea Klose.

He was a school teacher and principal when he lived in Pennsylvania. After he moved to Chicago he was in the dry goods business.

He died in 1924 and is buried in Graceland Cemetery in Chicago.

McQuaid, William L., Sgt. – 10th PA Reserve Corps

William Lewis “Lew” McQuaid, b. Venango County, Pennsylvania on 26 Sep 1839, was the 2nd child/2nd son of William Huston McQuaid and his wife Catherine (Crawford) McQuaid.WmLMcQ_CivilWar_1862

On 13 Apr 1860, probably in Allegheny County, PA, WLM married Mary Elizabeth Culp, and they had at least five children: Alfaretta b. 1 Oct 1860; Franklin McClelland b. 2 Oct 1863; Harmer Denny b.10 Nov 1865; Mary Elizabeth b. 15 Sep 1870 and Lula/Lulu Nettie b. 14 Aug 1872.  Mary Culp McQuaid died 1 Mar 1874.  

On 27 Feb 1879 WLM married his 2nd wife Elizabeth Shoop at Grace Lutheran Church, Pgh PA. While living in Springdale PA, they had at least two sons: George Edwin b. 11 Jun 1881 and Guy Augustine b. 24 Jul 1884.

WLM [aka Lewis William McQuaid] was enrolled on 25 April 1861 in Company C, 10th PA Reserves [aka 39th Reg of PA Vol Inf; also aka the “Venango Grays”.] Battles participated in: Dranesville (Dec 1861); Mechanicsville (26 Jun 1862), Gaines’ Mills (27-30 Jun 1862).

On 30 Aug 1862: at the 2nd Battle of Bull Run, WLM was wounded by a gun shot which “raked the bone of his right forearm”, and, according to his Certificate of Disability for Discharge:  resulted in “immobility of elbow joint and distortion of the forearm”. He was medically discharged on 10 Dec 1862 at Pittsburgh, PA.

From 8 Jun 1861 to 10 Dec 1862 he held the rank of Corporal and Sergeant, and was invalided out as a Sergeant.   “Lew” was 22 when he enlisted and 24 when he was discharged, had grey eyes and black hair.

Included in NARA’s pension files for Lew McQuaid and, in 1898, for his widow; and besides his Certificate of Disability for Discharge, his and his widow’s pension applications, and affidavits from many others including the minister who married them and the undertaker who buried him, there was a short Pension Bureau questionnaire dated 18 March 1898, to which Lew McQuaid responded on 21 March 1898, three months before he died at age 58.

The questions:

• Are you a married man? If so, please state your wife’s full name, and her maiden name.

• When, where, and by whom were you married?

• What record of marriage exists?

• Were you previously married? If so, please state the name of your former wife and date and place of her death or divorce.

• Have you any children living? If so, please state their names and dates of their birth.

Great-grandfather’s answers to all questions were complete; but he went even further after noting 5 children from his first wife and 2 [including my Grandpop] from his second wife.

William Lewis McQuaid became real to me when he added:

                        “no prospect of any more…molds wore out.”

Herring, George Washington, Pvt., Co. A, 83 PA Vol. Infantry

George Washington Herring was born 27 August 1839 in Venango County, PA, son of George  and Fanny Noel  Herring. In August 1861 he enlisted at Titusville, PA as a private in Captain Morgan’s Company A, 83rd Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers, an Infantry unit.

A  letter in his Civil War Pension file, reads as follows:

“Wounded August 30, 1862 at the Second Battle of Bull Run, VA.  Soon after driven from the Battle Ground of Bull Run to Centerville, VA., where he and others of the wounded lay in a train all night in a drenching rain without shelter of any kind or treatment, and the day succeeding the aforesaid Battle was taken by ambulance to Cliftburn Hospital near Washington City, where he was first treated for his wounds by a surgeon.  Taken to Convalescent Camp near Alexandria, VA, where he  remained without treatment and upon very short rations for about two weeks, where he contracted chronic diarrhea and Malaria Fever and was sent  to Hospital in the Patent Office, Washington, D.C. where he was treated for above-named diseases, but not for wounds, they having healed over.  Honorably Discharged from hospital December 23, 1862 upon Surgeon’s Certificate of Disability.”

As related to a grandson, the following is George’s account of how he ended his part in the Civil War:
“He was in the Infantry, and at the Second Battle of Bull Run they were fighting the Rebs with cold steel, back and forth across a field.  Finally, in a charge, a musket bullet caught him in the arm and hand and he went down.  Dreading the thought of being made a prisoner and going into one of those Southern prisons, he said he played dead as the Rebs drove his comrades back.  Then, when the line changed again and his comrades were about him, he got up and made his way to the rear for treatment of his wound.  Later they said he had a heart problem and finally discharged him.” 

Over the years  pieces of ‘shot’ or shrapnel worked their way to the surface from the old wounds.
George married Harriet Root on 7 June 1864 in Townville, Crawford County, PA.

In the 1900 federal census the family is in Edwards County, Kansas and subsequently in Southern California., where Harriet died in Los Angeles in 1909. Following Harriet’s death, George married a widow, Martha Beers.  A patient at Pacific Branch, National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, at Sawtelle, (now Los Angeles VA Hospital).  George died there 2nd June 1918.  Both he and Harriet are buried at Evergreen Cemetery, Los Angeles.