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Bush, Leander

Was born in Cumberland Co., Pa., March 10, 1840, and was a son of John C. and Henrietta (Smith) Bush, dec. His wife's maiden name was Mary J. Hicks, and they were married in 1871 in Clearfield Co., Pa. She was born July 21, 1853, in Cambria Co., Pa., a daughter of Jacob and Agnes (Donley) Hicks, dec. Mother living. Three children have blessed this marriage, Elsie A., John C., and Edith P. Comrade Bush's loyalty to the Stars and Stripes enthused him to enlist, and was 21 years of age when he enrolled from Harrisburg, Pa., as a private in Co. I, 135 Pa. V. I. In 1864 he was slightly wounded at Missionary Ridge by minie ball. He was taken prisoner in 1865, and was confined in Andersonville prison for three months. In 1863 he was honorably discharged at Harrisburg, Pa., and re-enlisted in Indiana Co., Pa., in Co. I, 46 Pa. V. I. He was detailed as teamster and spent 30 days in that way. He took part in the great and famous battles of Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Lookout Mt., Resacca, Missionary Ridge, Kenesaw Mt., Peach Tree Creek, Atlanta, Savanah, and several other skirmishes. He was finally honorably discharged July 20, 1865, at Harrisburg, Pa. His brother Oscar served in 11 Pa. V. R. C., and was wounded in right knee by shell. Comrade Bush may be addressed at Belsano, Pa., near which place he is engaged in farming. (Presidents, Soldiers, Statesmen, Vol II, H.H. Hardesty, Publisher, New York, Toledo, and Chicago, 1898, p. 1201)


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