The Ebensburg War Memorial was erected in 1913 to honor the soldiers and sailors from Cambria County who fought for their country. It contains the names of soldiers who fought in the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Mexican War, the Civil War and the Spanish American War. It is located next to the old jail in Ebensburg. It includes many, but not all, of the Blacklick Township soldiers who served in the Civil War (a.k.a. War of the Rebellion). Included among the ranks of Blacklick Township veterans are two Congressional Medal of Honor recipient, a commander of an Emergency Militia unit, and three soldiers who who perished at Andersonville Prison Camp in Georgia.
Pvt. Thomas Evans, Company D, 54th Pennsylvania Infantry, was one of the1,520 recipients of Medal of Honor during the Civil War. On June 5, 1864, his unit engaged the enemy at Piedmont, Virginia where he and a fellow comrade, Pvt. James Snedden of Co. E, both earned the Medal of Honor. Pvt Evan's citation is as follows: EVANS, THOMAS - Rank and organization: Private, Company D, 54th Pennsylvania Infantry. Place and date: At Piedmont, Va., 5 June 1864. Entered service at: Cambria County, Pa. Birth: Wales. Date of issue: 26 November 1864. Citation: Capture of flag of 45th Virginia (C.S.A.).
George Wesley Reed, one of six children of William and Sarah Reed, was born and raised in Belsano. During the Battle for Weldon's Railroad in Virginia, Reed was moving through a large patch of woods when he ran into five flag-toting soldiers from the 24th North Carolina Infantry. There was a moment of panic, but Reed kept his head. It soon became obvious the Rebels were lost in the woods. Reed kept telling them he knew the way out. After hours of wandering, the tattered and hungry Confederates finally told him to lead them out. He did, right to his Union lines. On Aug. 31, the Secretary of War awarded Reed the Medal of Honor for capturing the 24th North Carolina colors.
Robert Litzinger, from Blacklick Township, commanded one of
the emergency militias organized for the protection of Pennsylvania
against Lee's invasion. Robert Litzinger was a Captain when the
outfit was formed and was promoted to Lt. Col. a month later.The
official army records refer to this as "Lt. Col. Litzinger's
Battalion, Infantry, Emergency, 1863." It was also called
"Litzinger's Infantry Battalion." There were 399 men
in this unit and many of the men in the unit seem to have been
from the Blacklick Township area. The Litzinger unit was mustered
into duty on June 23, 1863 and the muster out date was August
8, 1863 at Harrisburg. It is believed that the unit may have been
at "Camp Huntington" during their brief service. After
this unit was disbanded many of the soldiers went on to serve
in "3 year units." For example, Thomas Empfield of Belsano
was mustered into Co A of Litzinger's Infantry on June 23 1863
and mustered out on August 8, 1863. On June 26 1864 he was mustered
into Co H, Pa 110th Infantry and mustered out on June 28, 1865
at Washington, DC. At the Civil War website civilwararchive.com
a brief history of the unit is provided: "Organized at Harrisburg
for 100 days July 22, 1864. Moved to Baltimore, Md., July 22,
and provost duty there until November. Attached to 3rd Separate
Brigade, 8th Corps, Middle Department. Mustered out November 6,
Three Blacklick Township soldiers, Jacob Mardis, Adam George and John L. Rager, were among the nearly 13,000 Union soldiers who died at Andersonville prison camp in Georgia. Jacob Mardis enlisted in Company A, 40th PA Infantry (previously known as the 11th PA Reserves) on August 29, 1862. He was taken as a prisoner of war twice. First, he was wounded and captured at Fredricksburg, Virginia, on December 13, 1862. Jacob was later released at City Point, Virginia, on January 12, 1863. On May 30, 1864, he was transferred into Company A, PA 190th Infantry and was captured, at Mechanicsville, Virginia, on the same date as his transfer. Private Mardis was subsequently transferred to the Andersonville Prison, near the towns of Americus and Plains, Georgia where he died from dysentery on August 9, 1864, aged 23. He was buried in a nearby plot, now designated with Andersonville Marker #5130.
Lieut. Adam George, a school-teacher, who enlisted in the One Hundred and Forty-ninth regiment Pennsylvania infantry; was taken prisoner at South Anna, and died at Andersonville Prison after six months' confinement, July 7, 1864. His burial site is noted by Andersonville Marker #2992.
Private John L. Rager joined Company H, One Hundred and Tenth regiment Pennsylvania infantry and was captured and died on August 19, 1864 at Andersonville Prison, Marker #6373.
Another Blacklick Twp veteran, Leander Bush, was taken prisoner in 1865 and was confined at Andersonville for three months.
The following is a composite list of Blacklick Township's 143 Civil War Veterans identified from various sources. Out of 143 veterans, 34 perished in the war. An additional 25 were wounded or injured but survived their injuries.
By 1910, based on a question asked in the Federal Census conducted that year, only six Blacklick Township Civil War Veterans were still alive: Elias Edwards, Isaac Mahan, John M. Markley, Thomas M. Reese, Uriah Wagner, and I.N. Wissinger.
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Last Name |First Name |Unit |Dates Served -- |Notes ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Adams Simon G. Co E BN of Emergency Men 13 Jun 1863-08 Aug 1863 BM * Pvt Co F 56th Regt P.V. 19 Sep 1864-31 May 1865 Adams William H. H. Sgt. Co I 206th Regt P.V. 31 Aug 1864-26 Jun 1865 Anderson Robt. 19th U.S. Inf Bennett A.H. 19th U.S. Inf Died Bennett James Pvt 67 Pa Inf ? - ? * Bennet Peter Pvt Co G 11 Pa Inf 29 Feb 1864-07 Jul 1865 * Berkey George Washington Pvt Co F 133rd Regt 15 Aug 1862-?? May 1863 BB Wounded * Berry Jos. 11th Regt P.V. Inf Died Berry Valentine 11th Regt P.V. Inf Died Black Elliot F. Hamptons Ind Pt Bat Co F, PVI LL Injured Black William M. Cpl Co K 106 Regt P.V. DC Blickenderfer John Pvt Co I 206th Regt P.V. 29 Aug 1864-26 Jun 1865 DC Injured * Blough Henry D. Co K 206 PVI 3 Nov 1862 - 31 May 1865 BB Blough John D. Co H 3rd P.V.I. BB Boring Ephram 11th Regt P.V. Inf Disabled Boring Ephram, Jr. Boring George Pvt Co I, 82 Pa Inf 06 Dec 1864-13 Jul 1865 * Boring John F. 148th Regt P.V. 1 Jun 1863 -18 Jun 1864 Killed CP Boring Reuben Co D 115th Regt P.V. Bracken Henderson 206th Regt P.V. Bracken James 19th U.S. Inf Wounded Bracken Nathan Killed Bracken Wm. Co H 12th Regt P.R.C. Brallier Emanuel Capt. Co D 115th Regt. P.V. 7 Sep 1862 - 1 Jun 1865 Chambersburg, Pa Brallier Levi Roberts Pvt Co I 206 Regt P.V. 31 Aug 1864 - 1 Jul 1865 HD Brown Joshu (Josiah) R. Co A 11th Regt P.R.C. Died Brown Uriah K. 148th Regt P.V. 23 Oct 1863 - 1 Jun 1865 Wounded LC Bush Leander Pvt Co I 135 & 46 Pa Inf (CSA?) 07 Aug 1862-24 May 1863 Wounded * ?? Jul 1863-?? Jul 1865 Campbell George W. Co E 54 P.V.I/Co D Pa Vol Cav BB Campbell William M. 148th Regt P.V. 24 Oct 1863-1 Jun 1865 Wounded DC Clawson William C. Pvt. Co. A, Pa Vol 13 July 1863 - BM Clements Patrick 19th U.S. Inf Died Conway Jos. Killed Cramer Elias Co E 67th Regt P.V. BE Davidson Charles W. Co. F 74 Regt P.V.I. BB Davie Thomas P. Co H 15 M.V.I. BE Davis David In Camp in Texas Died Davis Edward E. Co A 11th Regt P.R.C. 25 Jun 1861-23 May 1863 Died Davis Evan Died Davis Moses Pvt Co D 11th Regt Pa Cav ? - ? BB * Davis Richard R. Co A 11th Regt P.R.C. At Fredricksburg Killed Davis Thomas E. Pvt. Co K 147 or 187 Regt 30 Mar 1864-05 Aug 1865 BB * Donehoe Peter Co D 115th Regt P.V. Killed Eastman Asa BE Edelblute Geo. Co H 11th Regt P.R.C. Wounded Edelblute Max. Co F 133 P.V. Evans Thomas BB Edwards Aaron H. Co D 115th Regt P.V. 29 Oct 1862-3 May 1863 Killed Chancellorsville Edwards David H 61st Regt P.V. Edwards Elias Pvt Co H 192 Pa Inf 25 Feb 1865-29 Aug 1865 * Edwards Joshua Edwards Lewis 187th Regt Edwards Solomon Co E 11th Regt P.R.C. Killed Edwards William 11th Regt P.V. Killed Eminhizer George W. Corp Co A 45th Pa Vol Inf 15 Aug 1962-07 Jun 1865 Wounded HC Empfield Thomas S. Pvt Co H 110th Regt. P.V. 26 Feb 1863-02 Jul 1865 Wounded BM * Farenbaugh Charles Pvt Co E 171 Pa Inf 16 Oct 1863-04 Aug 1864 * Foust John Sgt Co F 55 Pa Inf 19 Sep 1861-31 Dec 1863 * George Adam Lt 149th Regt Pa Inf Andersonville, Ga Prison Died George Jacob D. Co I 54th Regt P.V. Wounded 5x George Rev. Nicholas S. Co D 204 Pa Regt 5th Hv Art BM George Samuel Pvt Co E 2 Batt 15 Jun 1863-21 Jan 1864 * George William R Sgt Co F 55 Pa Inf ?? Aug 1861-?? Sep 1865 Wounded * Hawksworth John Co A B 187th Regt. BM Harndon John 19th U.S. Inf Helman Daniel Co A 11th Regt P.R.C. 25 Jun 1861-27 Jun 1862 Killed Gaines Mill Hill Frederick Co D 4th Cav. Killed DC Hill George 67th Regt P.V. Hill Peter 11th Regt P.V. Inf Wounded Hilty Simon H. Co G 139 Regt Pa Vol BB Hoffman Adam Co C 54 Regt Pa Inf BE Hoffman Milton Pvt Co H 54 Pa Inf 18 Jan 1862-22 Feb 1865 Wounded * Johns(t)on Henry 148th Regt P.V. 24 Oct 1863- 1 Jun 1865 Wounded Jones Edward Co B 87th Regt P.V. Jones Evan E Pvt Co F 133 Pa Inf or 209 PV 08 Aug 1862-26 May 1863 Wounded * Jones John J. Pvt Co A 54 Regt P. V. I. Or Co K 187 Pa Inf BB * Jones John L. 187th Regt Jones Philip H. Pvt Co A 11th Regt P.R.C. 12 Jun 1861-13 Jun 1864 BB * Jones Richard E. Co A 11th Regt P.R.C. 25 Jun 1861-27 Jun 1862 Killed Gaines Mill Lance Joseph Co F 28th P.V. Died Lance Stephen A. Pvt Co F 28 Pa Inf 06 Jul 1861-26 Dec 1863 Wounded * Larimer William Co H 192 Regt P.V.I. BB Litzinger Robert Capt Co A 11th Regt P.R.C. 25 Jun 1861 - GV Longenecker John 19th U.S. Inf Disabled Longenecker Samuel 49th Regt P.V. Luke Daniel 1st Sgt Co A 11th Regt P.R.C. 11 Jun 1861-17 Dec 1864 PH Mahan Isaac Pvt Co G 79 Regt Pa Vol 08 Feb 1865-12 Aug 1865 BM * Mahan Thomas Co E 171 Regt Pa Vol BB Makin Abraham C. 110th Regt P.V. Killed Makin Adam 148th Regt P.V. 24 Oct 1863-28 Mar 1863 Died Makin John A. Co A 11th Regt P.R.C. 29 Aug 1862 - Wounded Makin Oliver 19th U.S. Inf Makin William H. 148th Regt P.V. 1 Jun 1863-6 Jul 1864 Wounded,died AN Markley John M. Mardis Jacob S. Co A 11th Regt P.R.C. Andersonville, Ga Prison Died Marsh Andrew Pvt Co I 206 Pa Inf ? - ? BE * May William 67 Pa Vol BM McBride John Co A 11th Regt P.R.C. 25 Jun 1861- McLune John Co A 11th Regt P.R.C. 25 Jun 1861-27 Jun 1862 Killed Gaines Mill McAllister Nason Co A 11th Regt P.R.C. 25 Jun 1861-10 Apr 1863 Wounded, discharged Miller Geo. Co A 11th Regt Pa Cav Mills Edward BB Moody Edward M. BM Morgan Wm. R. 9th U.S. Killed Parks George 187th Regt Patterson John M. Co I 206th Regt P.V. 31 Aug 1864-26 Jun 1865 BB Patterson William J. Co A 11th Regt P.R.C. 29 Aug 1862 - Killed Powell David 209th P.V. Quinton William Co A 11th Regt P.R.C. 19 Sep 1862 - BM Rager George C. Co A 11th Regt P.R.C. 18 Feb 1864 - Died Rager Henry D. Pvt Co D or F 13 Pa Cav 22 Feb 1864-17 Jun 1865 Wounded DC * Rager John L. Co H 110th Regt P.V. 29 Feb 1864-19 Aug 1864 Died Andersonville Reed George W. 11th Regt P.V. Inf GV Reed Oliver Corp Co I 206th Regt P.V. 31 Aug 1864-26 Jun 1865 Reed Samuel Pvt Co I 211th Regt P.V. 01 Sep 1864-02 Jun 1865 Wounded BM * Reed William BM Reese Enoch Corp. 187th Regt Co A Ind B Inf BB Reese Joram Co G 11th Regt Pa Cav Died Rodkey John H. Pvt Co E 2 Pa Inf 04 Jul 1862-22 Feb 1863 * Reese Thomas Malcom Pvt Co K 187th Regt P.V. 30 Mar 1864-03 Aug 1865 BB * Rooney Jas. 1st U.S. Died Ross J.M. Co G 11th Regt Pa Cav Rowland Rev. Elias Pvt Co A & K 187th Regt 15 Jun 1862-08 Aug 1863 BB * 31 Mar 1864-03 Aug 1865 Sechler William H. Co A 11th Regt P.R.C. Disabled Shaffer John 84th Regt P.V. Died Sharrah George BE Shelin John Skelly Jos. A. Co G 11th Regt Pa Cav Snovel Joseph Co A 11th Regt Pa Cav Stephens Nelson Pvt Co I 206 Pa Inf 24 Aug 1864-25 Jul 1865 * Stephens Westley Pvt Co I 206 Pa Inf 24 Aug 1864-25 Jul 1865 * Stiles Luther 187th Regt Co A Ind Bn Pa Vols BB Strausbaugh Charles BE Strausbaugh Peter Pvt Co I 135 Pa Inf 07 Aug 1862-24 May 1863 BE * Pvt Co D 4 Pa Cav 24 Feb 1864-01 Jul 1865 BE * Thomas Samuel 187th Regt Wagner Peter Pvt Co C 209th P.V. 01 Sep 1864-01 Jun 1865 BB * Wagner Uriah Pvt Co C 209th P.V. 01 Sep 1864-01 Jun 1865 BE * Werfield E. 19th U.S. Inf White James H. 187th Regt Williams Joseph J. Co H 110th Regt P.V. 26 Feb 1864-16 Dec 1864 Died Alexandria, Va BE Wilson George A. Pvt Co H 148th Regt P.V. 1 Jun 1863-20 Jul 1865 Wounded * Wilson Geo. 187th Regt Wissinger Isaac N. Pvt. Co K 187th Regt 28 Apr 1864-05 Aug 1865 BB *