||Grave of Reverend James G. Shinn, Chaplain of the 23rd Pennsylvania Volunteers. James Gallager Shinn was a Presbyterian Minister, Graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary.
While on a visit to the Mid-west, The Rev. C. C. Cuyler, D. D., pastor of the Second Presbyterian Church of Philadelphia, was visiting in Burlington,Iowa and preached for the congregation. The people anxiously requested him to help them secure a pastor ; and in response Doctor Cuyler recommended a young Princeton licen- tiate, Mr. James G. Shinn.
Mr. Shinn was favorably impressed with the representations Doctor Cuyler made on his return to Philadelphia, and in the summer of that year (1848) he visited Burlington Iowa. The visit resulted in a call to become pastor, and the call being accepted, he was ordained and installed pastor of The First Presbyterian Church of Burlington Iowa on November 4, 1848. Rev. Salmon G. Cowles moderated the meeting of presbytery and preached the ordination sermon. On his First Sunday , Reverend Shinn held Communion in the Church and seven Members were admitted that day.
Burlington Hawk Eye Burlington, Des Moines Iowa, February 1, 1849
"Donation Party The citizens and friends of the Rev. James G. Shinn are respectfully invited to attend said party as his residence on the hill, on Wednesday evening, February 7th, 1849. By order of the Ladies Sewing Society of the Presbyterian Church of Burlington."
Mr. Shinn continued pastor for three years, successful and greatly loved by the people of his charge. The pastoral relation was dissolved on the 22nd of December, 1851, Mr. Shinn returning to the East with his ill wife. During his three years, eighty five members were added to the Church and thirty one under the profession of faith.
He was the Chaplain of The 23rd Pennsylvania Volunteers during the American Civil War. Mustered into Service on August 31st 1861. During his three years of Service he attended the final moments of many of the men of the regiment, often sending their last words and personal Belongings home and making sure they were prepared to meet the Lord Jesus Christ wh Reverend Shinn preaches as The Saviour of the world. Reverend Shinn was a trusted man who the men of the regiment loved.Once while being paid (The Regiment) in Downsville,VA; he actually took $18,000 back to Philadelphia to disperse to the Soldier's families. He was a man of Highest Character and Morals.
Reverend Shinn was appointed The Chaplain of Saterlee Hospital in Philadelphia On September 16th 1864 , just after his enlistment in the 23rd PA had expired on September 8th 1864.
He was the Reverend of the Waterford Presbyterian Church in Waterford NJ in 1873 and Reverend of the Richmond Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia in 1878
In 1882 He was the Main Speaker and orator at Maennerchor Hall in Philadelphia for the Twenty Third Pennsylvania Survivors Association for their banquet Commemorating the Battle of Fair Oaks.
He died on October 26th 1903 in Atlantic City, New Jersey and is buried at Laurel Hill Cemetery in Philadelphia,PA in Section 10 Lot 57 Grave 1. Laurel Hill Cemetery in Philadelphia is a National Historical Landmark. I highly recommend them to anyone in the Philadelphia region who is considering plots for Loved ones and Family. they have a beautiful Cemetery, well kept and with an excellent Support Group, The Friends of Laurel Hill . They also have excellent Office and Maintnance/Groundskeeping Staff who are always extremely helpful.
You can view a Photo of Revernd James G. Shinn on Page 27 of the 23rd Pennsylvania, Original Photos pages.
||Grave of Private James DuRoss, Company P, 23rd Pennsylvania Volunteers. James was mustered into service on September 4th 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 . Around this Time, Four Companies of the 23rd PA were transferred to the 61st PA Regiment to fill thier ranks. While done under protest, the men obeyed. James belonged to Company P which became the 61st PA, Company G. He was wounded at The battle of Fair Oaks on May 31st 1862. He was mustered out of service on July 13th 1865. He died on February 18th 1903 and is buried at Holy Cross Cemetery in Yeadon,PA in Section 10, Lot 12, Grave 1.
||Grave of Lt. James Colewell, Company A, 23rd PA. James also went by the Name "John Caldwell". He was Born in Philadelphia in 1839. He was mustered into Service on August 3rd 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 . On May 3rd 1863, he was wounded charging Marye
s Heights at The battle of 2nd Fredericksburg . He was transfered to the 82nd PA, Company F and Promoted to 1st Lt on August 25th 1864. He was mustered out of service on July 13th 1865 at Halls Hill Virginia. He is buried at West Laurel Hill Cemetery in Section Rockland.