History of Butler County Pennsylvania - 1883

Chapter 13 -- Butler County During War of 1861-1865 (Cont'd)

One Hundred and Fifty-Ninth Regiment

(Fourteenth Cavalry)

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Because this chapter is an extensive roster of military personnel, the surnames have not been included at the front of the chapter. The following abbreviations have been made use of in compiling the several rosters:   e., enlisted; dis., discharged; disab., disability; m., mustered in service; m.o., mustered out, m.o.w.c., mustered out with company; m.o.w.b., mustered out with battery; wd., wounded; m.wd., mortally wounded; nat. cem., national cemetery; P.V., Pennsylvania Volunteers; pro., promoted; Surg. cert., Surgeon's certificate; tr., transferred; vet., veteran; V.C., Volunteer Cavalry; V.I., Volunteer Infantry; V.R.C., Veteran Reserve Corp.


CHAPTER XIII

BUTLER COUNTY DURING THE WAR OF 1861-65 (Cont'd)

ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY-NINTH REGIMENT

(FOURTEENTH CAVALRY)

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On the 18th of August, 1862, Lieut. James M. SCHOONMAKER, of the First Maryland Cavalry, but a citizen of Pittsburgh, Penn., was authorized by Secretary of War STANTON and Gov. CURTIN to recruit a battalion of cavalry of five companies. Recruits came in so rapidly that on the 29th the authority was extended to the recruiting of a full regiment of twelve companies. The companies were composed, chiefly, of men from Allegany, Armstrong, Butler, Erie, Fayette, Lawrence, Washington and Warren Counties. Company L was a Butler County organization and for that reason we here insert a brief account of the arduous services performed by the regiment.

"This regiment, the One Hundred and Fifty-ninth, rendezvoused first at Camp Howe and subsequently at Camp Montgomery, near Pittsburgh, where, on November 24, a regimental organization was effected, with the following officers: Colonel, James M. SCHOONMAKER; Lieutenant Colonel, William BLAKELEY; Majors, Thomas GIBSON, Shadrach FOLEY and John M. DAILY. On the same day, the regiment moved toward Hagerstown, Md., and from thense to Harper's Ferry, where it remained on picket duty, varied with an occasional skirmish with the guerrilla bands which infested that region, until May, 1863, when the regiment was sent to Grafton, on the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, and attached to the mounted command of Gen. AVERILL. The service at this time consisted in holding the towns of Beverly, Phillipi and Webster against a body of the enemy's cavalry. The Fourteenth was held at Phillipi, and the remainder of the command at Webster and Beverly. The force at the latter place was surrounded by a brigade of the enemy. The Fourteenth marched to their relief, and after a toilsome march reached the town early in the morning. A short skirmish took place and the enemy was compelled to withdraw. After this time, Gen. AVERILL's command was engaged on the Upper Potomac during the Gettysburg campaign; also at Greenbrier White Sulphur Springs, where the Fourteenth distinguished itself by repulsing three determined charges of the enemy. It was in the Droop mountain raid and some smaller engagements. At Craig's Creek, where Gen. AVERILL and his command seemed doomed to certain capture, he skillfully eluded the enemy and no less than seven times in twenty-four hours the artillery was dragged by hand through the creek, which was deep and filled with floating ice. In November, 1863, the Fourteenth, by the destruction of the bridge over the Jackson River, was cut off from the main troops, and Gen. EARLY sent in a flag of truce demanding its surrender. Although surrounded by adverse circumstances, the men of the Fourteenth Regiment were not the kind to weakly yield, but setting fire to the train and fording the river, they made their escape and rejoined the command, which swam the Greenbrier that same night, crossed the Alleghanies by an old bridle-path, and finally, after a march of five days over almost impassable roads, where the men were compelled to walk, reached Beverly. From this point, the command went to Martinsburg and into winter quarters. In recognition of the great service which the command had performed, the War Department gave to each man a new suit of clothes as a gift from the Govern- [p.122]ment, the only instance of the kind during the war. The command was engaged on picket duty all of that winter, and arduous duty it was, too. In the spring of 1864, Gen. AVERILL's command undertook a movement through Virginia, which was successfully accomplished after great difficulty. While on this march, the soldiers of the Fourteenth, on one occasion, were without food for five days, and many died from hunger. The last portion of the service in which this regiment was engaged included the battle of Moorefield and those brilliant engagements under SHERIDAN, which have made his name famous. On the 20th of April, 1865, the regiment went to Washington, D.C., and on June 11, to Fort Leavenworth, Kan., where it was consolidated into a battalion of six companies. The date of the muster out was August 24, 1865, and the companies returned in a body to Pittsburgh, where they disbanded."

We add to the foregoing newspaper report of the services done by this regiment, that during all the campaigns in which it was engaged, it lost about eighty men killed, more than two hundred wounded, besides the many reported missing.

COMPANY L

Capt. William H. TIBBLES, e. November 14, 1862; resigned March 24, 1863.
Capt. R. M. KISKADDEN, e. November 14, 1862; pro. from 1st Lieutenant October 26, 1863; brev. Major March 13, 1865; resigned March 18, 1865.
Capt. Samuel D. HAZLETT, e. November 14, 1862; pro. from 2d to 1st Lieutenant November 23, 1863; to Captain May 20, 1865; tr. to Company E July 31, 1865.
First Lieut. David C. BEALE, e. November 14, 1862; pro. from private to 1st Sergeant January 15, 1863; to 2d Lieutenant November 22, 1863; to 1st Lieutenant May 20, 1865; dis. July 31, 1865.
Second Lieut. Robert WILSON, e. November 14, 1862; pro. from private to 1st Sergeant February 24, 1864; to 2d Lieutenant May 20, 1865; dis. July 31, 1865.
First Sergt. Robert W. HUNTER, e. November 14, 1862; pro. from private to Sergeant February 20, 1863; to 1st Sergeant June 1, 1865; dis. July 31, 1865.
First Sergt. James M. RHONEY, e. November 14, 1862; tr. to V.R.C.; dis. July 22, 1865.
Quarmaster Robert L. GALBREATH, e. February 15, 1864; tr. to Company E July 31, 1865.
Quartermaster William H. BOYD, e. November 14, 1862.
Quartermaster John W. BARCLAY, e. September 30, 1862; pro. to Reg. Q.M.S. October 22, 1862.
Com. Sergt. Alexander ENGLISH, e. November 14, 1862; pro. to Corporal March 1, 1863; to Commissary Sergeant June 1, 1865; tr. to Company E July 31, 1865.
Com. Sergt. William BLAIN, e. November 14, 1862.
Sergt. Matthew N. GREER, e. February 26, 1864; tr. to Company E July 31, 1865.
Sergt. Jacob BUSH, e. November 14, 1862; captured; died at Richmond, Va., February 14, 1865.
Sergt. William G. RHONEY, e. November 14, 1862.
Sergt. Charles BARARE, e. November 14, 1862.
Sergt. David RHONEY, e. November 14, 1862.
Corp. Barton S. ROBINSON, e. February 25, 1864; tr. to Company E July 31, 1865.
Corp. John W. SHRYOCK, e. February 29, 1864; pro. to Corporal June 1, 1865; tr. to Company E July 31, 1865; vet.
Corp. William F. EDWARDS, e. January 25, 1864; pro. to Corporal June 1, 1865; tr. to Company E July 31, 1865; vet.
Corp. Peter P. BROWN, e. February 28, 1864; pro. to Corporal June 1, 1865; tr. to Company E July 31, 1865; vet.
Corp. Thomas H. BANKS, e. February 29, 1864; pro. to Corporal June 1, 1865; tr. to Company E July 31, 1865; vet.
Corp. Lewis HAZLETT, e. February 24, 1864; pro. to Corporal June 1, 1865; tr. to Company E July 31, 1865.
Corp. Johnston MATTHEWS, e. February 25, 1864; pro. to Corporal June 1, 1865; tr. to Company E July 31, 1865; vet.
Corp. Levi CAMPBELL, e. February 27, 1864; pro. to Corporal June 1, 1865; tr. to Company E July 31, 1865; vet.
Corp. William V. SEAMANS, e. February 24, 1864; pro. to Corporal June 1, 1865; tr. to Company E July 31, 1865.
Corp. Amos PFABE, e. February 26, 1864; pro. to Corporal June 1, 1865; tr. to Company E July 31, 1865.
Corp. William B. MATTHEWS, e. February 25, 1864; pro. to Corporal June 1, 1865; tr. to Company E July 31, 1865; vet.
Corp. J. Milton HILL, e. November 14, 1862.
Corp. Henry FRANZ, e. November 14, 1862.
Corp. James W. GEARY, e. November 14, 1862.
Corp. William C. YOUNKINS, e. November 14, 1862.
Corp. Valentine BUCHER, e. November 14, 1862.
Corp. Charles VANTINE, e. November 14, 1862.
Bugler Isaac H. HALL, e. March 29, 1864; tr. to Company E July 31, 1865.
Blacksmith Robert PORTER, e. November 14, 1862; pro. to blacksmith June 1, 1865; tr. to Company E July 31, 1865.
Farrier John M. BROWN, e. November 14, 1862; pro. to Farrier June 1, 1865; tr. to Company E July 31, 1865.
Farrier Isaac DICKEY, e. November 14, 1862.
Farrier Jacob B. KERR, e. November 14, 1862.
Saddler Jonathan GRINDER, e. June 23, 1864; pro. to Saddler June 1, 1865; tr. to Company E July 31, 1865.
Saddler John BULLMAN, e. November 14, 1862.

PRIVATES

AKER, William, e. November 14, 1862; died January 9, 1865; buried in nat. cem., Antietam, Md., Sec 26, Lot E, grave 543.
ADAMS, Minor F., e. November 14, 1862.
BONNER, William, e. November 14, 1862; dis. June 19, 1865.
BROWN, John A., e. March 10, 1864; tr. to Company E July 31, 1865.
BOUCH, Isaac, e. November 23, 1862; tr. to Company E July 31, 1865.
BEATTY, Thomas S., e. February 27, 1864; dis. May 23, 1865.
BOYD, Harvey C., e. February 29, 1864; tr. to Company E July 31, 1865.
BLACK, Eli, e. February 26, 1864; tr. to Company E July 31, 1865.
BARRACKMAN, Corby, e. March 24, 1864; tr. to Company E July 31, 1865.
BURFORD, Jeremiah, e. November 14, 1862; died at Chambersburg, Pa.
BOYD, Abram C., November 14, 1862.
BONER, Robert, e. November 14, 1862.
BARNETT, John F., e. November 14, 1862.
BARNETT, Hezekiah, e. November 14, 1862.
BULLMAN, Andrew, e. November 14, 1862.
BULLMAN, Henry, e. November 14, 1862.
BICKWELL, Joseph, e. November 14, 1862.
BARR, Titus, e. November 14, 1862; died ------; buried in nat. cem., Gallipolis, Ohio; grave 135.
BROWN, John M., e. November 14, 1862.
BEAMER, John, e. November 18, 1862.
BURFORD, Samuel W., e. November 14, 1862.
BRENNEMAN, Abner, e. --------; died at Annapolis, Md., March 20, 1865.
BARNETT, James C., e. August 18, 1864.
CRAIG, James C., e. February 29, 1864; dis. June 23, 1865.
CRISE, Daniel, e. December 14, 1863; tr. to Company E July 31, 1865.
CAMP, Edward, e. February 1, 1864; tr. to Company E July 31, 1865.
CLARK, Samuel M., e. November 14, 1862.
CRAIG, T. F., e. November 14, 1862.
CASTLE, Charles R., e. November 14, 1862.
CAMPBELL, James W., e. November 14, 1862.
COLLIER, Joel, e. November 14, 1862.
CIENER, Conrad, e. November 14, 1862.
CLOUGH, John, e. November 14, 1862.
COLL, Andrew, e. March 17, 1864.
DEHAVEN, John A., e. March 25, 1864; tr. to Company E July 31, 1865.
DEETS, John M., e. February 29, 1864; dis. June 19, 1865.
DEETS, John, e. November 28, 1864; tr. to Company E July 31, 1865.
DEAN, Henry, e. March 24, 1864; tr. to Company E July 31, 1865.
DUNLAP, Jonathan, e. March 24, 1864; tr. to Company E July 31, 1865.
DUFFEY, Jonathan H., e. Feb. 25, 1864; died June 11, 1864; interred in nat. cem., Antietam, Md., Section 26, Lot E, grave 511.
DUFFEY, Michael, e. November 14, 1862.
DAVIS, John, e. February 2, 1864.
DEER, John, e. February 18, 1864; died September 3, 1865.
DAVIS, George W., e. Aug. 3, 1864.
EMONY, Abraham, e. March 24, 1864; dis. May 13, 1865.
EDWARDS, Edwin, e. November 14, 1862.
FOX, Jasper C., e. March 25, 1864; tr. to Company E July 31, 1865.
FISHER, Jesse, e. November 14, 1862; dis. June 26, 1865.
FOGG, Benjamin, e. November 25, 1864; tr. to Company E July 31, 1865.
FAIR, Joseph, e. November 14, 1862; died August 3, 1863; interred in London Park National Cemetary, Baltimore, Md.
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FOX, Jacob, e. November 14, 1862; captured; died at Danville, Va., December 9, 1864.
FREELING, John G., e. November 14, 1862.
FRIHILBACK, John, e. August 6, 1864.
FRANTZ, John F., e. March 9, 1864.
GILLEN, John W., e. February 25, 1864; tr. to Company E July 31, 1865.
GRUNER, Henry C., e. November 14, 1862.
GARRETT, John, e. November 14, 1862.
GARVER, John, e. February 5, 1864.
GIBSON, Silas, e. March 16, 1864.
HOWTON, Michael, e. February 27, 1864; tr. to Company E July 31, 1865.
HARRISON, James M., e. March 16, 1864; tr. to Company E July 31, 1865.
HEISNER, David, e. January 15, 1864; tr. to Company E July 31, 1865.
HASTINGS, John, e. September 15, 1864; dis. June 16, 1865; was a prisoner for two months.
HAINES, William C., e. November 14, 1862.
HILL, Joseph H., e. November 14, 1862.
HELPER, John, e. November 14, 1862.
HENRY, James, e. November 14, 1862.
HILL, James B., e. November 14, 1862.
HOOVER, George W., e. February 27, 1864.
IRWIN, Henry, e. March 17, 1864.
JACKSON, David, e. February 27, 1864; dis. October 9, 1865, to date August 24, 1865.
JACKSON, James L., e. February 29, 1864; dis. June 12, 1865.
JACK, James S., e. February 25, 1864; tr. to Company E July 31 1865.
JOHNSTON, Thomas, e. November 14, 1862.
KEPPLE, Daniel D., e. February 20, 1864; tr. to Company E July 31, 1865.
KISKADDEN, Josiah, e. February 25, 1864; tr. to Company E July 31, 1865.
KINSON, Matthias A., e. November 23, 1862; captured; died at Andersonville, Ga., June 29, 1864; grave, 2,639.
KENNEDY, John, e. November 23, 1862.
KELLY, Michael, e. May 20, 1864.
KILGORE, Herman, e. February 23, 1864.
LOWMAN, Andrew S., e. February 2, 1864; tr. to Fiftieth Company, Second Battalion Veteran Reserve Corp; dis. for disability June 8, 1865.
LINTOU, Joseph W., e. February 25, 1864; tr. to Company E July 31, 1865.
LAGO, William, e. January 4, 1864; tr. to Company E July 31, 1865.
LOCKWOOD, James, e. March 29, 1864; tr. to Company E July 31, 1865.
LEWIS, John, e. November 14, 1862; captured; died at Andersonville, Ga., October 26, 1864; grave, 11,465.
LANDIS, David, e. November 14, 1862.
MILLER, John W., e. August 18, 1864; dis. July 10, 1865.
MYERS, Elijah, e. February 29, 1864; dis. July 21, 1865.
MOCK, Samuel, e. November 14, 1862; dis. May 19, 1865.
MINTEER, John, e. November 14, 1862; dis. July 24, 1865.
MALARKEY, A. J., e. February 3, 1864; tr. to Company E July 13, 1865.
MALONE, James W., e. February 8, 1864; tr. to Company E July 31, 1865.
MILLIGAN, Joseph, e. November 14, 1862; captured; died at Richmond, Va., November 27, 1863.
MILLER, John L., e. November 14, 1862.
MATTHEWS, John A., e. November 14, 1862.
MONROE, James W., e. November 14, 1862.
MILLIGAN, Edward, e. November 14, 1862.
MURPHY, Samuel, e. November 14, 1862.
MEEKER, Adolphus, e. November 14, 1862.
MATTHEWS, George S., e. February 25, 1864; pro. to Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant June 1, 1865.
McLAIN, George W., e. November 14, 1862.
McGARY, William S., e. November 14, 1862.
McGARY, Robert D., e. November 14, 1862. (Burial Record, R.D. McGALLEY, died at Richmond, Va., March 23, 1864.)
McMANNEY, Henry, e. November 14, 1862.
McFADDEN, Michael, e. November 14, 1862.
McBRINE, Patrick, e. August 4, 1864.
NEFF, Isaac H., e. November 14, 1862; tr. to Company E July 31, 1865.
PARKER, Oliver, e. March 28, 1864; tr. to Company E July 31, 1865.
PARK, Thomas H., e. November 14, 1862; tr. to Company I, Ninth Regiment Veteran Reserve Corps; dis. September 2, 1865.
REA, Albert H., e. February 15, 1864; tr. to Company E July 31, 1865.
REGHT, Adam, e. November 14, 1862; tr. to Company E July 31, 1865.
REEP, George W., e. February 22, 1864; tr. to Company E July 31, 1865.
RUMBAUGH, David, e. February 26, 1864; tr. to Company E July 31, 1865.
RUDOLPH, Isaac, e. November 14, 1862.
RHODES, George, e. November 14, 1862.
REED, John M., e. November 14, 1862.
ROGANS, Francis A., e. November 14, 1862.
REYNOLDS, Charles L., e. November 14, 1862.
REYBORN, James H., e. August 23, 1864.
SMITH, Nelson, e. February 27, 1864; dis. June 28, 1865; returned October 4, 1865; dis. October 9, to date August 24, 1865.
SNISHER, Daniel M., e. March 31, 1864; dis. June 8, 1865.
SKYLES, Henry, e. November 14, 1862; tr. to Company E July 31, 1865.
SNYDER, Elmer, e. March 24, 1864; tr. to Company E July 31, 1865.
SCHIVEIERTERNIG, H., e. February 24, 1864; tr. to Company E July 31, 1865.
SNYDER, Adam, e. February 24, 1864; tr. to Company E July 31, 1865.
SHERER, Henry, e. March 9, 1864; tr. to Company E July 31, 1865.
STURGEON, Wm., e. March 24, 1864; tr. to Company E July 31, 1865.
SLOAN, George, e. November 14, 1862; captured; died at Richmond, Va., November 7, 1863.
SMITH, John H., e. November 14, 1862.
STEPP, William, e. November 14, 1862.
SHAFFER, Hiram, e. November 14, 1862.
SOUTHWORTH, Samuel, e. November 14, 1862.
SMITH, H. Steele, e. November 14, 1862.
SCHOLTS, William C., e. November 14, 1862.
SOURWINE, John D., e. November 14, 1862.
SMITH, William, e. November 14, 1862.
SNOW, Samuel C., e. September 2, 1864; died January 4, 1865; interred in nat. cem., Antietam, Md., in Sec. 26, Lot E, grave 540.
SHAFFER, Israel, e. September 3, 1864.
STUMPF, George, e. January 18, 1864.
SEAMAN, Thomas W., e. February 16, 1864; killed at Millwood, Va., December 17, 1864.
STACK, Jacob H., e. February 2, 1864.
SAVILLE, John, e. March 3, 1864.
TROUTMAN, Philip, e. February 24, 1864; tr. to Company E July 31, 1865.
TODD, William, e. October 25, 1862; pro. to Hospital Steward November 9, 1862.
VANDYKE, Nathan S., e. September 15, 1864.
VANDYKE, William H., e. November 14, 1862.
WILSON, David L., e. February 27, 1864; tr. to Company E July 31, 1865.
WEAVER, David A., e. March 25, 1864; died; interred in nat. cem., Winchester, Va., in Lot 18.
WOODMAN, Amos, e. November 14, 1862.
WALTERS, Martin, e. August 19, 1864.
YALE, John, e. November 14, 1862.

COMPANY M

CAMPBELL, Joseph, e. August 1864; m.o. close of war.
KAMERER, John D., e. September 3, 1864; m.o. May 30, 1865.

[End of Chapter 13d--Butler County During War of 1861-65, 169th Regiment: History of Butler County, Pennsylvania. With Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of some of its Prominent Men and Pioneers. Waterman, Watkins, & Co., Chicago, 1883.]

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