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The Grave of Pvt.John F. Weaver, Company B, 23rd Pennsylvania volunteers, "Birney's Zouaves". He was mustered into service on August 2nd 1861 and placed into Company B. In September 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 in which they remained until March when they were shipped to The Virginia Penninsula . There on May 31st 1862, John was mortally wounded at The Battle of Fair Oaks and died the next day on June 1st 1862. He is buried at Historic Laurel Hill Cemetery in Philadelphia Pennsylvania in section Y, Lot 214, Grave 1.
The Grave of Pvt. Thomas Gilbert, Company C, 23rd Pennsylvania volunteers, "Birney's Zouaves".Thomas was born in Philadelphia on November 20th 1843. He was mustered into service on September 1st 1861 and placed into Company C. On September 7th 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 in which they remained until March when they were shipped to The Virginia Penninsula . There on May 31st 1862, Thomas was wounded at The Battle of Fair Oaks . He was also wounded at the Battle of 2nd Fredericksburg on May 3rd 1863. His occupation in life was a Baker. He lived at 5001 Harvey Place in Germantown. Thomas Gilbert died on February 15th 1912 and is buried at Ivy Hill Cemetery. Special thanks to Gene Stackhouse for the information.

The Grave of Samuel Ellingsworth, Company A, 23rd Pennsylvania volunteers, Three Month Regiment. He is buried at San Francisco National Cemetery in Plot NA W, 324-A.

The Grave of Pvt. John J. Cargill, Company D, 23rd Pennsylvania volunteers, "Birney's Zouaves". John was born in Philadelphia in 1838. He was mustered into service on august 22nd 1861 and placed into Company D. On September 7th 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 in which they remained until March when they were shipped to The Virginia Penninsula . He was mustered out with the company on September 8th 1864. He returned to Philadelphia and married Catherine. He died on June 16th 1896 and is Buried at Holy Cross Cemetery in Yeadon,PA.
This is the Grave of 1st Lt. John R. Johnson Company C , 23rd Pennsylvania Volunteers, also known by their nickname, “Birney’s Zouaves”. He was born in Philadelphia on August 10th 1842. He enlisted into the 23rd Pennsylvania at the Schuylkill Arsenal in Philadelphia on August 2nd 1861 .On September 8th 1861, 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 . He was promoted on July 18th 1862 and detached from the regiment and placed on General Shalers Staff. He was mustered out of Service on September 8th 1864.After the War he moved to Cleveland Ohio. He was back at Gettysburg with his wife Augusta Handy Johnson, for the Dedication of the Monument in 1886 and the Re-dedication in 1888. He died in Cleveland Ohio on August 25th 1895. He is buried at Lakeview Cemetery in Cleveland Ohio. His death occurred on. He is buried at Lakeview Cemetery in Cleveland, Ohio in Section 1, Lot 181, Grave 1.

You can view a Photo of James R. Johnson on Page 32 of the 23rd Pennsylvania, Original Photos pages.



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