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The Final Resting Places of 23rd PA Soldiers
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The Grave of Pvt. John M. Wells of Company K, 23rd PA Volunteers, "Gymnast Zouaves". Private John M. Wells is buried at Odd Fellows Cemetery in Burlington, NJ in section D, Lot 104 Grave 1. He was born in 1842. At the age of 19 he mustered into the 23rd Pennsylvania "Birney's Zouaves", Company K "Gymnasts" on August 6th 1861. He served his three year term and mustered out on September 8th 1864. He then re-enlisted with the 82nd Pennsylvania Volunteers and remained with them til the end of the War. He seen action at Seven Pines/ Fair Oaks, Fredericksburg,Gettysburg, Mine Run, Cold Harbor, Petersburg, Sailor's Creek and Appomattox Court House. He also help to build Fort Totten during the 23rd's Camp at Camp Graham and he guarded Confederate Prisoners at Johnson's Island in Sandusky Ohio. After the war he married Amelia and moved back to Rancocas New Jersey. On October 18th 1894 he died. He was interred on October 21st 1894.
This Grave Discovered on 12/12/2005 by David A. Stepeck. Special thanks to the staff at Odd Fellows Cemetery and Debbe L. McClelland, Office Manager for her help. This is a good looking and well kept Cemetery,recommended for buying plots.
The Grave of Private Albert Thalheimer, Company B, 23rd PA. Albert Thalheimer was born in Wutemburg Germany on October 7th 1842. He came to this country and settled in Philadelphia at the age of Five. In his 17th year he enlisted as a member of The 23rd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry "Birney's Zouaves" Company B, Gymnast Company. His enlistment date was August 2nd 1861. He served nearly his three year term until he was seriously wounded at Cold Harbor on June 1st 1864. He was captured by Confederate forces and sent to Libby Prison. He weighed 148 Lbs. After a few weeks he was transferred to Andersonville Prison. In March 1865, he and two other prisoners escaped from Andersonville and took the rivers down to the Gulf of Mexico and to Vicksburg. When he arrived at Vicksburg he weighed 50 Lbs and barely alive! He was starved so badly that he lost 98 lbs. He was in the Hospital for three weeks asking to be returned to the ranks but was too weak and too ill. He was released on April 15th 1865 and while on his way home learned of the Assassination of President Lincoln. He returned to Philadelphia and received an honorable discharge on June 17th 1865.
In 1866 Albert moved to Reading , PA to embark on a new life. He opened a Cigar Box manufacturing plant on Penn Street. It later became The Capitol Theatre. He later built a new factory which he operated until 1911. He married and had a child, Charles. Charles died in 1886 a few months after the 23 rd Dedicated their monument at Gettysburg. He was very active in The city of Reading. He took a keen interest in the growth of the City. He served as the chairman of the Reading Board of trade and chamber of commerce. He was a member of Temple Oheb Shalom, a reformed Jewish Congregation and though never holding an office was active in the affairs of the church. His wife Amelia died in 1904. In 1904 he returned to Andersonville Prison for the dedication of The Pennsylvania Monument.
In his later years he resided at his home at 36 North Eleventh Street . In mid march 1923 he became severely ill and was bedridden. After six weeks he succumbed to his illness. He died on April 18th 1923 at 1:20 P.M. in his home. He was buried at Mt. Sinai Cemetery in Schillingtown , PA.
Grave of Private Andrew Lang Company B , 23rd Pennsylvania Volunteers. He took ill while enlisted in the 23rd PA, on September, while at York Hospital in Baltimore,MD he was Transfered to the 82nd Pennsylvania, Company F. He was admitted to York,PA U.S. General Hospital on October 30th 1864.His death occurred on November 7th 1864. He is buried at Prospect Hill Cemetery in York, Pennsylvania in Section Soldiers Circle near the Office.

You can view a Newspaper Record of Andrew Lang on Page 15 of the 23rd Pennsylvania, Newspaper Archives pages.

The Grave of Pvt. Charles K. Hambright of Company I , 23d PV. He was born in 1842. On August 19th 1861 he was mustered into service with the 23rd. He was discharged on February 14th 1863 by the order of Secratary of War. He died on September 12th 1910. He is buried at the Old Spry U.B. Cemetery which today is Otterbein U. M. Church Cemetery in York, PA. He is buried down the hill in the old section away from the Church Parking Lot.
Grave of Private Abraham K. Burger, Company I, 23rd Pennsylvania "Birney's Zouaves". He was born on March 2nd 1836. Abraham was mustered into service on September 4th 1861. He was wounded on Marye's Heights at 2nd Fredericksburg on May 3rd 1863 as he charged The Washington Artillery. He was mustered out on September 8th 1864. He re-enlisted and was transfered to Company H of the 82nd Penna. Vols. He was discharged June 20th 1865 a Veteran. He moved to York , PA after the war. Abraham died on July 31st 1909. He is buried at Prospect Hill Cemetery in York PA section 10 Lot 39, Grave 1.
Grave of Pvt. Franklin Goodsmith Company I, Birney's Zouaves. He was born in 1840. Frank was mustered into service on September 4th 1861. He served three years in the 23rd PA before his muster out on September 8th 1864. He re-enlisted and was transfered to Company H of the 82d PV. After the war he returned to Wrightsville, PA. He died on March 10th 1914. He is buried at Fairview Cemetery in Wrightsville in Section G, Lot 1041, Grave 1.




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