Drum, Morgan Pvt. – Co H, 132nd PA Infantry Vols.

Morgan George Drum, b. 3 Jul 1819 in Luzerne Co, PA, was the son of Phillip DRUM, (b. 1775 in New Jersey and d. 1855 in Luzerne Co, PA.)

On 20 Feb 1843 in Nescopeak, Luzerne Co, PA, MGD married Sarah McHOSE, who was born 11 Sep 1824 in Berks Co, PA and died 10 Feb 1897 in Los Alamos, CA.

Morgan and Sarah had at least one child, Priscilla Drum (Eddy) who was born 2 Aug 1844 in Beach Haven, PA. From this child descends this line to the member of Laura Belle Stoddard Tent 22, Daughters of Union Veteran of the Civil War 1861-1865.

Morgan G. Drum died on 17 Dec 1900 at Los Olivos, Santa Barbara County, CA.

On 14 Aug 1862 in Catawissa, PA, Morgan G. Drum was enrolled in Co. H of the 132nd PA Infantry Volunteers. He was honorably discharged at Harrisburg, PA on 24 May 1863. [Source: Civil War Pension Certificate #219025; Application #206108, dated 21 July 1875.

He liked to be called George! By the age of 41, Morgan George Drum – married with 8 children (6 boys and 2 girls) – enlisted in the Union Army Infantry as a wagoner. He had been a farmer and gunpowder maker before enlisting; and must have decided that his 6 sons could take over the farming for the family while he served in the Union Army. After enlisting, he was wounded at the Battle of Antietam (MD) after only 1 month of service. His injuries involved his hands and chest areas. After recovering he fought in 3 more Maryland battles and 5 battles in Virginia before receiving an Honorable Discharge on 24 May 1863.

After his discharge from the army, he moved his family to Santa Barbara County, CA. Both he and his wife received Land Patents from the government. The large area of land – where his home was – is now named for him: Drum Canyon; it is located between the 101 Freeway and Lompoc. George is buried in the Los Olivos Cemetery, located off Drum Canyon Road.

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