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The Final Resting Places of 23rd PA Soldiers
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The Grave of Sgt. William Morast Company I, 23rd Pennsylvania. He was Born June 12th 1843. William was mustered into service at the Skuykill Arsenal on August 31st 1861. He Died on January 7th 1916.He is buried at Skippack Reformed UCC Cemetery in Skippack,PA in Section 9 Lot 1 Grave 1 .
The Grave of Pvt. Richard Elason, Company K, 23rd Pennsylvania Volunteers. Richard mas mustered into service at The Skuykill Arsenal in Philadelphia on August 6th 1861 and placed into Company K. He was critically wounded at The Battle of Fair Oaks on May 31st 1862. He died on June 15th 1862 and was buried at Yorktown National Cemetery in Yorktown, Virginia. He is buried there in Grave 1372. A Special Thanks to Matthew Young for locating and photographing his Grave.
The Sad story and Final Resting Place of Private Walter Sobbe,Company P, 23rd Pennsylvania, "Birney's Zouaves." Walter was born in Philadelphia in the Year 1837. He was mustered into Service on September 4th 1861, placed into Company P and Sent to Washington D.C. at Camp Graham and Camp Clark. He suffered through Typhoid Fever which took the lives of 51 Men in his Regiment. In March Company P was Transfered to the 61st PA, Company G. He was wounded at Ft. Stevens in Washington D.C on July 12th 1864. He survived the War and returned home to Philadelphia. He died on January 18th 1902 and was buried at Lafayette Cemetery (Top photo in picture)on January 26th 1902. In 1946 under the terms of Common Pleas Court decree the responsibility fell to Thomas A. Morris, President of Evergreen Memorial Park in Bensalem Township to disinter 47,000 bodies from the run down Layafette Cemetery and bury them again with caskets,drainage, bronze markers, roadways and perpetual care. He recieved $150,000 to do it and estimated his costs at $105,000. By 1947 the bodies were removed (see Center Photo).He never did that. In secret he dumped the bodies into land near what is now the Neshamity Mall (See bottom Photo). He was fined $3,000 and had a five year jail term suspended. Walter Sobbe, a patriot who served his country was thrown like garbage into a stream and field unmarked and lost forever. Today the Old Layafette Cemetery is a Park and Playground across the street from Geno's Steaks in Philadelphia.
The Sad story and Final Resting Place of 4th Sgt. Michael Fulmer,Company K, 23rd Pennsylvania, "Birney's Zouaves, Three Month Volunteers." Michael was born in Philadelphia in the Year 1813. He was mustered into Service on April 21st 1861, placed into Company K and remained there for his three month enlistment and mustered out on July 31st 1861. He renlisted and was the Captain of the 88th PA Volunteers. He survived the War and returned home to Philadelphia. He died on April 19th 1899 and was buried at Lafayette Cemetery (Top photo in picture). In 1946 under the terms of Common Pleas Court decree the responsibility fell to Thomas A. Morris, President of Evergreen Memorial Park in Bensalem Township to disinter 47,000 bodies from the run down Layafette Cemetery and bury them again with caskets,drainage, bronze markers, roadways and perpetual care. He recieved $150,000 to do it and estimated his costs at $105,000. By 1947 the bodies were removed (see Center Photo).He never did that. In secret he dumped the bodies into land near what is now the Neshamity Mall (See bottom Photo). He was fined $3,000 and had a five year jail term suspended. Michael Fulmer, a patriot who served his country was thrown like garbage into a stream and field unmarked and lost forever. Today the Old Layafette Cemetery is a Park and Playground across the street from Geno's Steaks in Philadelphia.
The Grave of 1st SGT. Edward Joseph Maguigan .Edward was born on May 31, 1841 in Philadelphia,PA. Served with the 23rd Pennsylvania Volunteers Infantry, Company I, from April 18, 1861 to July 19, 1861, and the 91st Pennsylvania Volunteers Infantry, Company C, August 30, 1861 until mustering out on September 28, 1864 at the expiration of his term. He fought in the Battle of Gettysburg and was wounded at Petersburg, Virginia, on June 18, 1864. Promoted to 2nd Lt. on December 22, 1862; commissioned Captain on November 22, 1863. After the war he worked as a clerk. He died in Philadelphia on Nov. 16, 1909. At the time of his death, he resided at 2337 N. Carlisle St., Philadelphia. He is buried at Knights of Pythias /Greenwood Cemetery in Philadelphia.




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