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Peace Cemetery, Berrysburg

Posted By on July 19, 2011

Peace Cemetery is located within the Borough of Berrysburg on Third Street and North Main Street.  The Peace Church of the United Church of Christ is located about one blocks from the cemetery.  This is an old cemetery and contains the graves of many Civil War soldiers.

A representative group of four Civil War graves is shown below:

Dr. John Boyer Beshler (1839-1869).   Dr. Beshler joined the war effort on 26 Jun 1862 with the 81st Pennsylvania Infantry, Headquarters Staff, as Assistant Surgeon at Washington, D.C.  Shortly afterward, he was transferred to the 88th Pennsylvania Infantry Headquarters at Washington and continued to serve in the same capacity until 3 April 1863.  Upon completion of his service, he returned to Mifflin Township and Berrysburg where he was a physician until his death at the young age of 30.  He left a widow, Jennie, but no children.

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John Frank Miller (1830-1904),  joined the 9th Pennsylvania Cavalry, 7 October 1861, where he rose through the ranks from 2nd Lieutenant of Company C to Captain of Company K, and eventually to the Headquarters Staff as Major.  His service concluded on 23 June 1865.  “J. Frank” married Emma Jane Beshler, the brother of Dr. John Beshler.  He lived in Berrysburg most of his life.  For a while he was a teacher and later he served as Postmaster of Berrysburg.

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Benjamin J. Evitts (1822-1909) was drafted into the 177th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company I, and was elected Captain.  He served from muster in on 25 November 1862 through muster out with his company on 5 August 1863.  Benjamin lived in Mifflin Township, Berrysburg, Gratz, and Lykens Township, where he worked as a tailor.  Later in life he served as Postmaster of Gratz.  He married Sarah Yeager and after her death married Sarah Guise.  See:  Pennsylvania Drafted Militia and the Draft of 1862.

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Peter S. Bergstresser (1836-1913).  Peter was first drafted into the 177th Pennsylvania Infantry,Company I, and elected as 1st Lieutenant,  mustered in on 25 November 1862, and mustered out with his company, 5 August 1863.  After this service he joined the 192nd Pennsylvania Infantry, Company H, as Captain, where he served from muster in on 2 March 1865 through muster out with his company on 24 August 1865.  He married Sarah Jane Snyder.  During his lifetime he lived in Mifflin Township, Lykens Township, Berrysburg and some places in Northumberland County.   He was a teacher and for a time was associated with the Berrysburg Seminary as its principal teacher.

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Some additional views of the Peace Cemetery are shown below.

Information for this post was taken from the files of the Civil War Research Project.  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.


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