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This is the Grave of Private James McGinnis Company G in 1841. He enlisted into the 23rd Pennsylvania at the Schuylkill Arsenal in Philadelphia on august 28th 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 . On his way home for Muster out the 23rd Pennsylvania was involved in a Drunken Brawl while in Baltimore on August 24th 1864. The Next day, On August 25th 1864, as the Train Neared Philadelphia, a few men including James Decided to ride on Top of the Boxcars as they came into Philadelphia to make a Grand Entrance into the City. He was riding on a Boxcar as it crossed the Gray's Ferry Bridge and his head struck a crossbeam and killed him instantly. His family was just a mile away awaiting his arrival. He is buried at Old Cathedral Cemetery in Philadelphia
This is the Grave of Private James Ford Orton Company R , 23rd Pennsylvania Volunteers, also known by their nickname, “Birney’s Zouaves”. He was born in Philadelphia on July 2nd 1833. He enlisted into the 23rd Pennsylvania at the Schuylkill Arsenal in Philadelphia on September 4th 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 . On March 14th 1862, four Companies of the 23rd Pennsylvania (L,O,P and R) were tranferred to the 61st Pennsylvania Volunteers under Great Protest to fill their Regiment which was only at 600 men. Since the 23rd PA had recruited over 1,500 men, Five Companies had to be trimmed. Four went to the 61st and Company M was disbanded and it's men placed in Companies A-K. He was mustered out of Service on September 8th 1864. After the War, He returned to Philadelphia. His death occurred on June 13th, 1908 . He is buried at Spencer's Corners Cemetery in Millerton, Dutchess County, New York.
This is the Grave of Surgeon William C. Roller Regt.Staff , 23rd Pennsylvania Volunteers, also known by their nickname, “Birney’s Zouaves”. He was born in Hollidaysburg,Pennsylvania in 1838. As a young man he opened a Medical Practice in his home town. At the Time the Civil War broke out, he offered his Medical Services in Defence of the Union. He enlisted into the 23rd Pennsylvania at the Schuylkill Arsenal in Philadelphia on August 31st 1861 as an Asstistant Surgeon to Albert Owen Stille and John McGrath.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 .William was promoted to Surgeon of the 23rd Pennsylvania on June 24th 1862. He was mustered out of Service on September 8th 1864 and returned to his medical practice in Hollidaysburg. His death occurred on March 11th 1897. He is buried at Hollidaysburg Presbyterian Cemetery in Hollidaysburg,PA in Section B, Lot 284, Grave 5.

You can view a Photo of William C. Roller on Page 33 of the 23rd Pennsylvania, Original Photos pages.

This is the Grave of Pvt. Albert Henry Walters Company B , 23rd Pennsylvania Volunteers, also known by their nickname, “Birney’s Zouaves”. He was born in Philadelphia in 1842. He enlisted into the 23rd Pennsylvania at the Schuylkill Arsenal in Philadelphia on August 2nd 1861 .He was mustered in as a 1st Lieutenant in Company D, 118th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry on September 1, 1862. He was promoted to Captain of Company A on February 10, 1864, and served until his discharge on February 13, 1865. He received a brevet of Major, US Volunteers on July 6, 1864. He was mustered out of Service on September 8th 1864.After the War he moved back to Philadelphia. He died in Philadelphia on March 10th 1892.. He is buried at Lakeview Cemetery in Cleveland Ohio. His death occurred on. He is buried at Woodlands Cemetery in Philadelphia in Section F, Lot 355, Grave 1. His brother Charles P walters is buried in the same plot. He was a Private in Company K.
This is the Grave of Lt. Sherwood B. Smith Company H , 23rd Pennsylvania Volunteers,also known by their nickname, “Birney’s Zouaves”. He was born in Philadelphia on December 1st 1840. He enlisted into the 23rd Pennsylvania at the Schuylkill Arsenal in Philadelphia on August 14th 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 mustered out of Service on September 8th 1864. After the war he moved to Lancaster, Pennsylvania. While in Lancaster , he served two terms on the Lancaster police force, and later was elected chief of the fire department of that city. He was a member of St. Luke's Lutheran Church. There survive his widow, Caroline (nee Miller), one stepdaughter, Mrs. Mamie Buckius, Pittsburgh; two sisters, Melvina and Cornelia Smith, Philadelphia, and two granddaughters. He was last employed as a clerk at the local offices of the Reading Railway Company and retired from that position with a pension Dec. 31, 1913. His death occurred on October 19th 1915. He is buried at Charles Evans Cemetery in Reading, Pennsylvania.

Reading Eagle-Smith

In this city, on the 19th inst., SHERWOOD B. SMITH aged 74 years, 10 months, 17 days. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the funeral, without further notice, from his late residence, 221 South Third street, Friday at 2 p.m. Services at the home. Interment private at Charles Evans cemetery.

From the Funeral Book of Rev. F. K. Huntzinger-passage quoted at the funeral was Psalms 103: 15-16.

The Reading Eagle-Tuesday, October 19, 1915-Deaths-

Former Resident of Lancaster Dies in Reading Sherwood B. Smith, a former prominent resident of Lancaster, and veteran of the Civil War, died of heart failure at noon today, at his residence. 221 South Third street, aged 75 years. Deceased was in ill health over two years.



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