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Private William Holt Company D, 23rd PA Infantry. he was mustered into Service on august 21st 1861. He was wounded at the battle of Fair Oaks, shot in the ear on May 31st 1862 and then discharged from Service. He suffered the remainder of his Life from Post Tramatic War Syndrome and lack of good Judgement.William was born in 1836 in England, became a naturalized citizen in Philadelphia, PA in 1860, & served in the Civil War. After the war, he went to St. Louis, MO, where he married Frances (Fanny) Lewis; she is part of the larger Meriwether Lewis clan. They had 3 children, & while she was expecting the 3rd , he left her & the children after helping himself to her father's fortune (sometime in 1874).He then moved to New Jersey married Elizabeth and died there in 1918. he is buried at Mount Holly Cemetery, Mount Holly NJ in Division A, Section 5, Lot 683, Block 2 . The Photo is of him and Fanny from 1867.

First Sgt. Frederick A. Huber, Company F, 23rd Pennsylvania Volunteers, "Birney's Zouaves". Frederick was born and raised in Gettysburg, PA, the son of Doctor Henry Huber. At the outbreak of the War Frederick was in Medical School in Philadelphia . He was mustered into service on August 2, 1861.On September 8th 1861 he moved with the Regiment to Washington D.C. for the defences of the Capital against possible Rebel Invasion. The 23rd was encamped at "The Queen Farm" owned by Jacob Queen and they made Camp Graham thier home. Typhoid Fever broke out in November and December of 61 and over fifty men of the unit died forcing them to move to higher ground near Bladensburg, MD. There they established Camp Clark . He was killed at the Battle of Fair Oaks on May 31, 1862. As he was dying the Company Surgeon came over to him to receive his last wishes. He responded,"Tell my Father I have died for my Country". His body was taken back to Gettysburg and buried in Evergreen Cemetery where he would "be away from the war, forever". One year later at the Battle of Gettysburg, his stone was struck by a shell. Such is War! You can view a Photo of his Grave on the Virtual Cemetery , Page 3 . You can view his obituary on Page 1 of the Obituaries Pages.
Private Thomas A. Tanfield, Company L, 23rd Pennsylvania and Company D, 61st Pennsylvania. Killed at Spottsylvania Court House on May 12th 1864.
Post War Grand Old Army of the Republic Photo of Corporal Jacob F. Albright, Company I, 23rd Pennsylvania Volunteers, "Birney's Zouaves". Jacob was born in Columbia,PA on June 1st 1842. He enlisted on September 1st 1861. On September 8th he moved with the Regiment to Washington D.C. for the defences of the Capital against possible Rebel Invasion. The 23rd was encamped at "The Queen Farm" owned by Jacob Queen and they made Camp Graham thier home. Typhoid Fever broke out in November and December of 61 and over fifty men of the unit died forcing them to move to higher ground near Bladensburg, MD. There they established Camp Clark . He served his three year enlistment and was mustered out of service on September 8th 1864. After the war he returned to Columbia PA. He was a member of G.A.R. Post 118. He is wearing the G.A.R. Kepi of his Post in this Photo. He died there on February 3rd 1926. He is buried at Laurel Hill Memorial Gardens in The Shawnee Section, Lot 609, Grave 9. You can visit his grave site on Virtual Cemetery Page 59 . From the Hill where is grave sits, you can see the Susquhanna River and The Wrightsville/Columbia Bridge. Photo courtesy of Greg Martin.
Photo of Private Thomas W. Snowden, Company B, 23rd Pennsylvania Volunteers, "Birney's Zouaves', Gymnast Zouaves Company . He mustered in on August 31st 1861.On September 8th he moved with the Regiment to Washington D.C. for the defences of the Capital against possible Rebel Invasion. The 23rd was encamped at "The Queen Farm" owned by Jacob Queen and they made Camp Graham thier home. Typhoid Fever broke out in November and December of 61 and over fifty men of the unit died forcing them to move to higher ground near Bladensburg, MD. There they established Camp Clark . He served his three year enlistment and was mustered out of service on September 8th 1864. At this time we have no information as to his death or burial. Photo Courtesy of Greg Martin.
Photo of Private Thomas W. Snowden, Company B, 23rd Pennsylvania Volunteers, "Birney's Zouaves', Gymnast Zouaves Company . He mustered in on August 31st 1861.On September 8th he moved with the Regiment to Washington D.C. for the defences of the Capital against possible Rebel Invasion. The 23rd was encamped at "The Queen Farm" owned by Jacob Queen and they made Camp Graham thier home. Typhoid Fever broke out in November and December of 61 and over fifty men of the unit died forcing them to move to higher ground near Bladensburg, MD. There they established Camp Clark . He served his three year enlistment and was mustered out of service on September 8th 1864. At this time we have no information as to his death or burial. Photo Courtesy of Greg Martin.




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