Virtual Cemetery Page 13
The Final Resting Places of 23rd PA Soldiers
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||The grave of Corporal John Ohmit of Company I. John was born in 1845 and died in 1884. He was mustered in on September 4th 1861 at the arsenal in Philadelphia. He was wounded at the Battle of Cold Harbor on June 1st 1864. On September 8th 1864 he was transfered to the 82nd PA Company H. He was discharged a veteran on July 17th 1865. After the war he went home to Washington Boro, PA. He died there and is buried at Washington Boro Church of God Cemetery.
||Grave of Pvt. John Sherick Grave of Company I. He was born on November 7th 1839 and died on June 11th 1903. He was mustered in on August 13th 1861 in Philadelphia. He was wounded at the battle of White Oak Swamp in June 1862. After the war he went home to Washington Boro, PA.He was granted a monthly pension
allowance of $8, which was originally granted Nov. 1864. His is named in
the 1883 list of pensioners in Lancaster County, Pa. He married Margaret
Mann, who is buried beside him. He died in Washington Boro and is buried at Washington Boro Church of God Cemetery.
||Grave of Lt. Richard Roberts Lippincott Company R , 23rd Pennsylvania Volunteers. He was born in Rancocas New Jersey in 1840. He was the son of William and Elizabeth Lippincott. “Come 1860 and the Civil War. R.R. Lippincott and Ella Hansell were sweethearts, too
young for marriage but much in love.” He enlisted into the 23rd Pennsylvania at the Schuylkill Arsenal in Philadelphia on September 4th 1861. On September 8th 1861,with the rank of Corporal, he moved with the Regiment to Washington D.C, where he was encamped just three miles north of the Capitol on “The Queen’s Farm” at Camp Graham . He was there with the Regiment during the cold winter months and in December of 1861; Typhoid Fever broke out within the Camp which resulted in the Death of Fifty-One men of the 23rd Pennsylvania Volunteers. It was decided on March 12th 1862 to move the camp to higher ground in Bladensburg, Maryland to rid the epidemic and ready the Soldiers for campaign. The 23rd Pennsylvania moved to Bladensburg and were encamped at Camp Clark . On March 14th 1862, an order was given that Four Companies of the 23rd Pennsylvania Volunteers, L,O,P, and R, were to be transferred to the 61st Pennsylvania Volunteers. This order was met with much protest since the men enlisted as the 23rd PA Regiment and did not enlist to fight with the 61st PA. After a time the men obeyed the order. Richard Roberts Lippincott of Company R , now was transferred to Company I of the 61st PA Volunteers. He was Promoted to Sgt Major shorly afterward and then again to 1st Lt on September 12th 1863. He was seriously wounded at The battle of Spotsylvania on May 10th 1864 being shot in the leg and left abdomen. The two Hansell boys searched the battlefield and
found him almost dead. They brought him to the
‘field hospital,’ a surgeon refused to attend him—
said he would be wasting his time. George said,
‘This man is an officer, he gets preference and you
know it. You do everything you can and do it now.
This gun’s loaded and one false move from you and you’ll have a minnie ball through your head.’He was sent to General Hospital in Annapolis ,MD to recover.At Annapolis, he was
treated for a shell wound of his back and left side until he could be sent home to Rancocas and
placed under the care of Dr. Granville S. Woolman. He was mustered out of Service on September 3rd 1864. After the War, He returned to Rancocas, bought the Rancocas Country Store, made it prosper, married his sweetheart,
Ella Hansell.1870 Census
Richard (age 30) and Ella (age 26) are living in Willingboro Township. His occupation is
dry goods and groceries.
In 1870, Richard served as the Willingborough Township Clerk. Aunt Ella writes in her
remembrances that Richard and Ella were active members of the Lyceum Literary Society. Ella
acted as Mrs. Jarley in the Waxworks (a combination of monologue and tableaux production
piece for benefit purposes.)
1872 - Richard – Postmaster of Rancocas for $160/Year.“In the 1880’s Richard and Ella built the stone house where I was born. The stone came
from a quarry in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Albert Hansell bought carloads of apples from
the Pennsylvania Dutchmen and he
got the stone cheap. The only stone
house in the village. The stone was
hauled three miles from the railroad
at Masonville across the river to
Rancocas.1880 - Richard Granted Civil War Pension
Richard was awarded a pension of $8.50 per month.
1880 Census – June 15, 1880
RR and Ella and their three children, Hansell (9), Jessie H. (6) and Ella H. (5) are living in
Willingboro with Ella’s parents, James S. Hansell (69), his wife Hannah (69) and son Richard
(27).1888 - Richard Attends a Civil War Reunion
History of the Twenty-Third Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, Birney’s Zouaves, 1903-
1904, has a long article on the June 1888 Reunion of Shaler’s Brigade. A three day reunion was
held in Gettysburg, hosted by the 23rd Pennsylvania Volunteers Association; thousands attended.
The Fayetteville Recorder newspaper of New York reported:
“Captain Dick Lippincott marshalled the Rancocas contingent of fourteen. They roomed
together, a most social crowd. We found the squad wherever we went, enjoying the occasion.
Dick says he will have to kill some of them off, or they will soon outnumber the
The contingent included the following: Wilmot Hansell and George Hansell came from
Philadelphia. Men from Rancocas are: Richard R. Lippincott, Jos. Lundy, M.B. Friant, Charles
Funk, Joseph Wills, J.B. Wilson, John Wells and Emlin Martin.1900 Census – June 15, 1900
RR (61) and Ella (58) are living Westhampton Township. His occupation is listed as
salesman. Included in the household are J. Hansell (29, farmer) and his wife of one year, Lida
Because of his poor health, Richard gave up the store and was a traveling salesman. His death occurred on May 31st 1901. He is buried at The Friends Quaker Cemetery in Rancocas, NJ. His stone, U.S. Government issue to Civil War veterans, is one of two
which proudly rise above the modest Quaker stones. Almost every family in the village and in
surrounding farms was represented at his funeral
and the line of wagons extended from the cemetery
back through the village, almost a mile. Papa
told me this as a little boy. No other person in the
area, before or since, has been so honored.”
You can view a Photo of the Grave of Richard Roberts Lippencott on Page 13 of the 23rd Pennsylvania, Virtual Cemetery pages.
Richard Roberts Lippencott Bio (Part 1) .
Richard Roberts Lippencott Bio (Part 2) .
bio Provided by Nancy and Bob Ettensperger.
||The Grave of Pvt. John McGraw of Company A. He served in the US Marine Corps from May 18th 1857 til July 1861. He enlisted in Company A of the 23rd PA on September 1st 1861 in Washington D.C. He served with the 23rd PA until it was consolidated on Sept. 14th 1864. He mustered in with the 82nd PA. He recieved a gunshot wound to the hip on April 6th 1865 at Sailors Creek. He was mustered out a Sgt on July 13th 1865 in Halls Hill Virginia from the 82nd PA Company K. He went back into the Marines on August 28th 1865 and served until December 24th 1869. He then enlisted in The 23rd US Reg Infantry on January 28th 1870 and served until he retired in April 1879.He died at the soldiers home in Elizebeth City Virginia , (now Hampton Virginia)on July 13th 1908 and is buried in Hampton National Cemetery. |
||Grave of Sgt. Michael McGraw of Company A. Enlisted on April 21st 1861 and was mustered out on July 31st 1861. He reelisted August 1861. He fought in all of the 23rd Campaighns until his wounding at Cold Harbor on June 1st 1864.He was sent to Lincoln Hospital and then transfered to South Street Hospital on June 18th 1864. He was assigned to Company G USVV in February 1865 and mustered out on February 8th 1866. During his term with Birneys Zouaves he held the rank of Private, Corporal and Sgt. He died on June 23rd 1894 and is buried at Mt Peace Cemetery in Philadelphia in Section Q Lot 377 Grave 1.
||Grave of Pvt. George Shue (Harry R. Lee) of Company I. George Shue was born in 1843 in Lancaster County,PA. He was mustered into service on September 1st 1861 and placed in Company I of the 23rd PA. He was wounded at the Battle of Cold Harbor on June 1st 1864. He was mustered out with the Company on September 8th 1864.After the war George returned home. Possibly due to his wounding affecting his judgement, he stole a horse and buggy and was arrested. His reputation as a faithful soldier and noble person was tarnished. Not long afterward he moved to Toledo Ohio and changed his name to Harry R. Lee. This gave him a new identity and fresh start in life and he used it well. He got married and helped to start Toledo University. Later in life he was the President of a bank and died in 1920 a wealthy man. He is buried in Historic Woodlawn Cemetery in Toledo, Ohio in Section 4, Lot A-25 , Grave 2.