Posted By Norman Gasbarro on March 28, 2011
(Part 13 of an ongoing series on the Battle of Gettysburg). Around the base of the Pennsylvania Memorial at Gettysburg are a series of plaques which, by regiment and company, note the names of every soldier who was present at the Battle of Gettysburg. This post will present the plaque recognizing the men who served in the 116th Pennsylvania Infantry, which was part of the Irish Brigade. By clicking on the plaque it should enlarge so the names can be more clearly read. Following the plaque is a list of the men who have thus far been identified as eligible for inclusion in this Civil War Research Project who, it is believed, served for a time in the 116th Pennsylvania Infantry. Not all the names may appear on the Pennsylvania Memorial plaques. If a name does not appear, it could be that the soldier did serve in the 116th Pennsylvania Infantry, but was not part of the regiment during its days at Gettysburg – or it could mean that the soldier was erroneous included in the 116th Pennsylvania Infantry list. There could also be errors on the plaque. Readers are invited to submit comments about any names appearing below, or on the plaque, especially if they believe the soldier was from the Lykens Valley area and should be included in this study.
Men from the Lykens Valley area who probably served in the 116th Pennsylvania Infantry:
George Goodman — Joseph M. Johnson — Jacob J. Schroeder — Adam Wagner — Ellie Wilson
Only some information has been discovered about each of the five men. Records at the Gratz Historical Society indicate that George Goodman was “shot in side” during the war. Jacob J. Schroeder was taken prisoner and held at Salisbury, North Carolina for six months where he claimed to have developed rheumatism and heart disease. Adam Wagner was killed in the battle at Petersburg on 14 June 1864 and in 1890, his widow was living in Porter Township, Schuylkill County. She didn’t know much about his military service because his discharge had been destroyed in a fire. Ellie Wilson‘s widow was living in Tower City, Schuylkill County in 1890.
Information for this post was taken from the files of the Gratz Historical Society. A separate digital file is kept on each of the above-named men. Information is sought on any men from the Lykens Valley area who were soldiers or sailors during the Civil War. See also, Pennsylvanians in the Irish Brigade, of which the 116th Pennsylvania Infantry was a part.