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This is the Grave of Private Hugh Purvis (Center) Company F ,23rd Pennsylvania , Three Month Volunteers. He was born in Philadelphia on May 5th 1846. 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. After the War, He returned to Philadelphia. Purvis enlisted in the Marine Corps on October 27, 1869. He reported immediately to the Marine detachment on board the USS Alaska soon departing for the Far East. During the punitive expedition to Korea, he took part in the assault on an enemy fort on the Han River. In desperate hand-to-hand fighting, the sailors and Marines stormed the walls of the citadel. Private Purvis ran immediately to the flagstaff which bore the Korean colors and loosed the halyards. He was joined by Cpl Charles Brown, and the two tore down the flag. For his "inspiring and heroic" act, Purvis received the Medal of Honor.

Citation:

On board the U.S.S. Alaska during the attack on and capture of the Korean forts, 11 June 1871. Braving the enemy fire, Purvis was the first to scale the walls of the fort and capture the flag of the Korean forces.

He was discharged in 1873 and served two additional tours with the Marine Corps, 1874 to 1879 and 1879 to 1884, rising to the rank of Corporal. His death occurred on February 12 1922. He is buried at Saint Anne's Cemetery in Annapolis, Maryland, in Section Cedar Bluff, Lot 154, Grave 1.

You can view a Photo of Hugh Purvis on Page 35 of the 23rd Pennsylvania, Original Photos pages.

This is the Grave of Private Ira Chase Morton Company L , 23rd Pennsylvania Volunteers. He was born in Philadelphia in 1835. He enlisted into the 23rd Pennsylvania at the Schuylkill Arsenal in Philadelphia on August 18th, 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 4th 1862, an order was given that Four Companies of the 23rd Pennsylvania Volunteers, L,O,P, and R, were to be transferred to the 61st Pennsylvania Volunteers. This order was met with much protest since the men enlisted as the 23rd PA Regiment and did not enlist to fight with the 61st PA. After a time, however the men obeyed the order. Ira Chase Morton of Company L , now was transferred to Company D of the 61st PA Volunteers. He was discharged from Service on May 24th 1862. After the War, He moved to Beaumont,PA. His death occurred on April 17th 1909. He is buried at Beaumont Cemetery in Beaumont,PA
This is the Grave of Private Jacob Green Company D , 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. After the War, He returned to Philadelphia and was married to Mary. His death occurred on March 24th 1918. He is buried at Holy Cross Cemetery in Yeadon,PA.
This is the Grave of Private Jacob Kiple Company F , Three Month Volunteers. He was born in Roxborough,PA in 1844. 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. After the War, He returned to Roxborough. His death occurred in 1901. He is buried at Leverington Cemetery in Roxborough, PA.
This is the Grave of Private James Dufferd Company H , 23rd Pennsylvania Volunteers, also known by their nickname, “Birney’s Zouaves”. He was born in Philadelphia in 1839. He enlisted into the 23rd Pennsylvania at the Schuylkill Arsenal in Philadelphia on August 24th, 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 Dorseyville,PA. His death occurred in 1910. He is buried at Blue Run Cemetery in Dorseyville, PA.


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