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Captain Job T. Hickman, Company H, 23rd Pennsylvania Volunteers, "Birney's Zouaves". Job T. Hicklman was born on April 23rd 1835 in Philadelphia. Job mustered in at The Skuykill Arsenal on August 24th 1861. He was sent with the Regiment to Camp Graham for the Defences of Washington D.C. where he remained from September 1861 through February 14th 1862. The Regiment was then moved to Camp Clark until March 12th 1862. He was promoted to 2nd Lt. on January 1st 1863 and then to 1st Lt. on January 1st 1864. He was mustered out with the Company on September 8th 1864. He lived in Bala Cynwyd, PA and was a member of Post 2 Grand Old Army of the Republic in Philadelphia after the War. He died on November 2nd 1915 and is buried at Mt. Moriah Cemetery, Philadelphia in Section 36. You can view his Gravesite on Page 3 of The Virtual Cemetery. The Cemetery is in need of Volunteers to clean it and care for the Graves.


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2nd Lt. Robert McClelland, Company A, 23rd Pennsylvania Volunteers, "Birney's Zouaves". He was mustered into service on August 8th 1861 at the Skuykill arsenal in Philadelphia. Promoted from Sgt. to 1st Sgt. on March 1st 1863. Promoted to 2nd Lt. on January 1st 1864. Mustered out with the Company on September 8th 1864.
Captain James Monroe Craig, Company H, 23rd Pennsylvania Volunteers, "Birney's Zouaves". He was mustered into service on August 24th 1861 at the Skuykill arsenal in Philadelphia.Promoted to 1st Lt on January 1st 1863, Promoted to Captain on November 1st 1863. Wounded at Cold Harbor on June 1st 1864. Died of Complications from his wounds on February 2nd 1899. He is buried at allegheny cemetery in Pittsburgh,PA in Section 36,Lot 327, Grave 1. You can view his Grave on our Virtual Cemetery, Page 3 .
1st Lt. Richard A. Griffith, Company D, 23rd Pennsylvania Volunteers, "Birney's Zouaves". He was mustered into service on August 24th 1861 at the Skuykill arsenal in Philadelphia. Promoted from 2nd Lt of Co. G to 1st Lt of Co. D on July 15th 1862. Wounded at Cold Harbor on June 1st 1864 and Mustered out with the Company on September 8th 1864.
James Gallager Shinn was a Presbyterian Minister, Graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary. While on a visit to the Mid-west, The Rev. C. C. Cuyler, D. D., pastor of the Second Presbyterian Church of Philadelphia, was visiting in Burlington,Iowa and preached for the congregation. The people anxiously requested him to help them secure a pastor ; and in response Doctor Cuyler recommended a young Princeton licen- tiate, Mr. James G. Shinn. Mr. Shinn was favorably impressed with the representations Doctor Cuyler made on his return to Philadelphia, and in the summer of that year (1848) he visited Burlington Iowa. The visit resulted in a call to become pastor, and the call being accepted, he was ordained and installed pastor of The First Presbyterian Church of Burlington Iowa on November 4, 1848. Rev. Salmon G. Cowles moderated the meeting of presbytery and preached the ordination sermon. On his First Sunday , Reverend Shinn held Communion in the Church and seven Members were admitted that day.

Burlington Hawk Eye Burlington, Des Moines Iowa, February 1, 1849

"Donation Party The citizens and friends of the Rev. James G. Shinn are respectfully invited to attend said party as his residence on the hill, on Wednesday evening, February 7th, 1849. By order of the Ladies Sewing Society of the Presbyterian Church of Burlington." Mr. Shinn continued pastor for three years, successful and greatly loved by the people of his charge. The pastoral relation was dissolved on the 22nd of December, 1851, Mr. Shinn returning to the East with his ill wife. During his three years, eighty five members were added to the Church and thirty one under the profession of faith.

He was the Chaplain of The 23rd Pennsylvania Volunteers during the American Civil War. Mustered into Service on August 31st 1861. During his three years of Service he attended the final moments of many of the men of the regiment, often sending their last words and personal Belongings home and making sure they were prepared to meet the Lord Jesus Christ wh Reverend Shinn preaches as The Saviour of the world. Reverend Shinn was a trusted man who the men of the regiment loved.Once while being paid (The Regiment) in Downsville,VA; he actually took $18,000 back to Philadelphia to disperse to the Soldier's families. He was a man of Highest Character and Morals.

Reverend Shinn was appointed The Chaplain of Saterlee Hospital in Philadelphia On September 16th 1864 , just after his enlistment in the 23rd PA had expired on September 8th 1864.

He was the Reverend of the Waterford Presbyterian Church in Waterford NJ in 1873 and Reverend of the Richmond Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia in 1878

In 1882 He was the Main Speaker and orator at Maennerchor Hall in Philadelphia for the Twenty Third Pennsylvania Survivors Association for their banquet Commemorating the Battle of Fair Oaks. He died on October 26th 1903 in Atlantic City, New Jersey and is buried at Laurel Hill Cemetery in Philadelphia,PA in Section 10 Lot 57 Grave 1. Laurel Hill Cemetery in Philadelphia is a National Historical Landmark. I highly recommend them to anyone in the Philadelphia region who is considering plots for Loved ones and Family. they have a beautiful Cemetery, well kept and with an excellent Support Group, The Friends of Laurel Hill . They also have excellent Office and Maintnance/Groundskeeping Staff who are always extremely helpful.

You can view a Photo of Revernd Shinn's Grave on Page 53 of the 23rd Pennsylvania, Virtual Cemetery pages.

Lt Henry Crease,Company B, 23rd Pennsylvania Volunteers, "Birney's Zouaves". He was mustered into service on August 2nd 1861 at the Skuykill arsenal in Philadelphia. Mustered out with the Company on September 8th 1864.

You can view a Photo of James G. Shinn's Grave site on Page 53 of the 23rd Pennsylvania, Virtual Cemetery pages.





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