DR. JOHN PEARCE, a prominent dentist and much esteemed citizen, of Steubenville, Ohio, was born in the city in which he resides December 12, 1842, being the son of Enoch and Rachel (MacKenzie) Pearce, a more estensive mention of whom appears elsewhere in this work. His home during his entire life, thus far, has been in Steubenville, in the public schools of which city he received his early education. At nineteen years of age he entered the service of the Union army, and the first years of his manhood were spent helping to put down the rebellion. A complete record of his services which covered nearly the entire war, and which were, indeed, most honorable, is here give: On December 25, 1861, he was appointed hospital steward of the Sixty-first regiment Ohio volunteer infantry, and served in that capacity until after the battle of Gettysburg. On November 21, 1863, he was appointed a first lieutenant and with that rank he commanded COmpany A, of the Sixty-first regiment Ohio volunteer infantry, from that date until the close of the war. He served in first brigade, third division, first army corps, army of Virginia, from June to September, 1862; the first brigade, third division, eleventh army corps, army of the Potomac, from September, 1862, to September, 1863; the first brigade, third division, eleventh army corps, army of the Cumberland, from September, 1863, to April 11, 1864, and in the third brigade, first division, twentieth army corps, army of the Cumberland, from April 11, 1864 to March, 1865. Service duty in western Virginia's, mountain department, June to August, 1862; battle of Freeman's Ford, August 22, 1862; White Sulphur Springs, August 23, 24; Waterloo Bridge, August 25; Plains of Manassas, August 28, 29; Bull Run, August 30; operations on Centreville Pike and skirmish at Fairfax Court House, September 1, 2; expedition to Thoroughfare Gap and Rappahannock river, October 26, to November 3; movement to Falmouth, Va., December 10 to 14; Burnside's second campaign, January 20 to 24, 1863; Chancellorsville campaign, April 27 to May May 6; battle of Chancellorsville, May 2 and 3; Pennsylvania campaign, June 12 to July 16; battle of Gettsburg, July 1 to 3; action near Hagerstown, Md., July 12; duty on Orange and Alexandria railroad, July 26 to September 25, and at Bridgeport, Ala., October 1 to 27; night battle on Lookout creek, October 28 and 29; battle of Missionary Ridge, November 23 to 25; relief of Knoxville, November 29 to December 11; battle of Resaca, Ga., May 14 and 15, 1864; Cassville, May 19; Dallas, May 25; operations near Dallas, June 1 to 3; passage of the Chattahoochie, July 17; battle of Peach Tree Creek, July 20; siege of Atlanta, July 20 to September 2; duty on the Chattahoochie, July 27 to August 5; march to the sea, November 26; siege of Savannah, December 10 to 20; campaign of the Carolinas, January 16 to March 31, 1865; march to Goldsboro, N. C., January 20 to march 24; battle of Betonville, N. C., March 19 to 21. In some of the engagements his regiment suffered heavy loss, and it was particularly great at the battle of Peach Tree Creek, in which it lost half its number in about twenty-five minutes. He, however, came through unhurt, and on March 31, 1865, he was honorably discharged near Goldsboro, N. C. From the war he returned home, and shortly afterward he entered upon the study of dentistry, with Dr. Henry Morrison, formerly of Steubenville, but now of Pittsburgh, Penn. He remained with him about one year and a half. He then took one course of lectures in the Pennsylvania dental college, of Philadelphia, after which he immediately began the practice of his profession in Steubenville, Ohio, and he is now a leading dentist and highly respected citizen of tha tcity. Dr. Pearce was married October 3, 1871, to Lizzie Morris, daughter of Justin G. Morris, a former citizen of Steubenville. Their marriage has resulted in the birth of the following two children; Hattie M. and Morris J., of whom the former died aged thirteen years. Dr. Pearce is a member of the Ohio Valley dental society, and of the Grand Army of the Republic. Politically he is a republican. He is a skillful dentist, and he is in possession of a good practice. He is an honorable, upright, worthy man and his record, whether viewed from a civil, military or professional standpoint, is thoroughly honorable and eminently creditable.
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