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Captain Cyrus W. Straw

Born: October 1, 1838 at Hazleton, Pa
Died: March 7, 1915 at Wilkes-Barre, Pa
Buried: St. Paul's Methodist Church Cemetery, Drums, Pa
Occupation: Teacher, miller, merchant of flowers and seeds, lumberman
Wife: Sarah Hazletine Leach from New Milford, Pa. d. 1908. Married in Scranton on 5/14/67.
Children: Charles A. b. 11/2/69; Bessie Jean Wolf b. 5/26/70
Residence: Drums; 8 N. Main St, Wilkes-Barre, Pa; 218 S. Frnklin St., Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 160
Hair: Auburn
Eyes: Hazel or Gray
Complexion: Fair
Service: Enlisted: 9/24/61 at Eckley, Pa at age 22
Discharged: 6/30/63 at Washington, D.C.
Rank: Promoted from 1st Lt. to Captain on 10/25/62
Pension: Cert # 20.973
Other: Wounded at the Battle of Antietam on 9/17/62. He was shot in the back as he turned to give commands to the company at about 11:30am on Wednesday. He was discharged due to the wound. Ball remained in lodged in his lower back until it was finally extracted in 1868. He was sick at Alexandria in April, 1862. He was the older brother of Henry D. Straw, Co. K's drummer. Pension affidavit given by Thomas C. Harkness, Capt. of Co. H, 81st PA. Cyrus served as Luzerne Co. Commissioner from 1885 to 1887. Parents were Andrew Straw (father) and Lavina Straw (step-mother) who was age 77 in 1913.

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