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This is the Grave of Sergeant Joseph Henry White Company C , 23rd Pennsylvania Volunteers, also known by their nickname, “Birney’s Zouaves”. He was born in Maryland in 1839. 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 . Joseph was Promoted from Private to Corporal on November 1st 1861. 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 .Joseph was Promoted from Corporal to Sergeant on September 1st 1862. Joseph Henry White was Wounded at The Battle of Cold Harbor Virginia on June 1st 1864, near Richmond. He was mustered out of Service on September 8th 1864. After the War, He returned to Maryland,married Charlotte and resided in Easton. He Attended Shaler's Brigade Reunion and rededication of 23rd PA Monument in Gettysburg June 12-14th 1888. Joseph died in 1919. He is buried at Spring Hill Cemetery in Easton,MD.
This is the Grave of Private John H. Purnell Company F , 23rd Pennsylvania Volunteers, also known by their nickname, “Birney’s Zouaves”. He was born in Pittsburg,PA in 1843. 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. He was originally in Company M and was transfered to Company F in January 1862. 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 . John H. Purnell was Wounded at The Battle of Fair Oaks Virginia on May 31st 1862, near Richmond. Due to his wound, he was discharged on a Surgeons Certificate on August 1st 1862. After the War, He returned to Pittsburg and lived at 120 Locust Street in Pittsburg,PA. He Attended Shaler's Brigade Reunion and rededication of 23rd PA Monument in Gettysburg June 12-14th 1888. John died in 1910. He is buried at Highwood Cemetery in Pittsburg.
This is the Grave of Private William H. Miller Company C , 23rd Pennsylvania Volunteers, also known by their nickname, “Birney’s Zouaves”. He was born in Delaware in 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 mustered out of Service on September 8th 1864. After the War, He returned to Delaware and resided in Clay Delaware. He Attended Shaler's Brigade Reunion and rededication of 23rd PA Monument in Gettysburg June 12-14th 1888. William died in 1927. He is buried at Christiana Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Christiana Delaware.
This is the Grave of Private John Lee Company I , 23rd Pennsylvania Volunteers, also known by their nickname, “Birney’s Zouaves”. He was born in Columbia,PA in 1818. He enlisted into the 23rd Pennsylvania at the Schuylkill Arsenal in Philadelphia on September 1st 1861 at the age of 42 being one of the eldest Volunteers. 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 . when his enlistement expired in1864,he re-enlisted and was transferred to the 82nd PA, Company H. He was mustered out of Service on July 13th 1865. After the War, He returned to Philadelphia. John Lee died in 1892. He is buried at Slate Hill Cemetery in Delta, Pennsylvania.
This is the Grave of Private Spencer Purser Company E , Three Month Volunteers. He enlisted into the 23rd Pennsylvania at the Schuylkill Arsenal in Philadelphia on April 21st 1861. He served with the Regiment during thier Three Month Campaign and Battle of Falling Waters . He was mustered out of the 23rd PA on July 31st, 1861. His death occurred on August 20th 1898. He is buried at Dayton National Cemetery in Dayton, Ohio in Plot L, Row 8, Grave 6.


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