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2012 Additions to Civil War Veterans List – T to V

Posted By on April 29, 2012

Veterans of the Civil War identified as having some connection to the Lykens Valley area and included in the Civil War Research Project as updated 19 April 2012.  In a series of post beginning Friday, 20 April 2012 and continuing intermittently for seven posts until concluding tomorrow, a brief sketch of each of the newly added names will be presented along with a hyperlink to a specific post or list of posts where the name appears in the blog.



James R. Tanner (1844-1927), while serving with the 87th New York Infantry, Company C, as a Corporal, was wounded at 2nd Bull Run, 30 August 1862 which caused the loss of a leg and severe damage to the other.  During his recovery in Philadelphia he met agents of the Union League who assisted him. Later he learned shorthand in New York and moved to Washington where he got a job as government clerk. On the night Lincoln was assassinated, he offered his services to Secretary of War Edwin Stanton and took down testimony of the early witnesses at the Petersen House.  The originals of that shorthand testimony were donated by Tanner to the Union League.  Also, during the war, the 87th Pennsylvania Infantry was briefly merged with the 105th Pennsylvania Infantry.

John Taylor (18xx-xxxx) was a member of the 8th Pennsylvania Cavalry, Company I.

David Newton Thomas (18xx-xxxx) served in the 87th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company I, as a Sergeant.  He was the brother of Findlay Isaac Thomas. David is buried in Vernon Cemetery, Baltimore County, Maryland.

Findlay Isaac Thomas (1842-1922) died in Lykens Borough, Dauphin County.  He married Agnes Elizabeth Kirk and is buried in Paxtang Cemetery, Paxtang, Dauphin County.  He was a Captain in the 87th Pennsylvania Infantry, Companies C and I, and on 2 April 1865 was promoted to Brevet Major.  In 1890, he reported that he had been wounded in the right thigh at Petersburg and also received a scrotal hernia.  His brother, David Newton Thomas, was also in the same regiment.

Elizabeth Thompson (18xx-xxxx) who was from Lykens Borough, Dauphin County, was the sister of William W. Thompson who died in the war and of Alexander F. Thompson, a veteran who later became an attorney and state legislator.  Elizabeth was a nurse and worked at Carver Hospital in Washington, D.C., where she died of disease while in service.  See:  William Thompson and Elizabeth Thompson Kimmel.

Robert Archibald Thompson (1821-1901) was York County and was a school teacher who served in the 103rd Pennsylvania Infantry, Company G, as a Private.  He married Susan Elizabeth Grove and is buried in the Guinston United Presbyterian Cemetery, Chanceford Township, York County.

Elias R. Tobias (1844-1916) was a laborer from Dauphin County who enrolled in the 9th Pennsylvania Cavalry, Company B, as a Corporal.  After the war he moved to Indiana and from there, he applied for a pension.  He was married to Sarah J. Harman and he is buried at Stony Point Cemetery, Clunette, Kosciusco County, Indiana.

John J. Tobias (1847)  joined the 48th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company I, at Pottsville.  He served at the rank of Private.  He married a woman named Emma.

George Alfred Townsend (1841-1914) was a journalist who worked for the Philadelphia Inquirer and was a correspondent for them in the field during the Civil War.  He also was also involved in the production of the transcripts of the trial of the conspirators in the Lincoln assassination.  Those transcripts were published each day in the Inquirer.  George’s wife;s name was Elizabeth.   He is buried in Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia.

Robert H. Towson (18xx-xxxx) served in the 36th Pennsylvania Infantry (Militia of 1863), Company C, as a Private.  It’s possible he also served in the 130th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company C, as a Private, and the 13th Pennsylvania Cavalry, Company C, as a Private, but these latter tours have to be confirmed.  The records of the 130th Pennsylvania Infantry indicate that a “Robert H. Towson” deserted on 16 September 1862.

Joshua P. Toy (18xx-xxxx) is buried at Oak Hill Cemetery, Millersburg, Dauphin County, and the records there state that he was a Civil War veteran.  Research is ongoing to determine his actual service.


Note: The Uhler family, which had roots in the Lykens Valley area, named a number of descendants of Civil War age who served in military units during the war.  All are now  being researched as part of this project, although so far only three were identified as living in the Lykens Valley area at some point in their lives.

David K. Uhler (1844-xxxx) married Elizabeth C. Jack.  He served in the 195th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company G.  [See:  Uhler Genealogy, p. 6-7]

Ephraim Uhler (1839-xxxx) was a member of the 1st U.S. Artillery, Battery F.  [See:  Uhler Genealogy, p. 9]

George H. Uhler (1835-xxxx) joined the 93th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company A.  He was wounded on 5 May 1864. George married Elizabeth Dickson.  [See:  Uhler Genealogy, p. 29].

J. Clement Uhler (1843-xxxx) served in the 127th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company E.  He was married to Emma Conkling.  [See:  Uhler Genealogy, p. 12].

James M. Uhler (18xx-xxxx) married Elizabeth Anderson.  He was a resident of Harrisburg, Dauphin County.  During the war he served with the 149th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company I.  [See:  Uhler Genealogy, p. 19].

John A. Uhler (1837-xxxx) was a Captain in D. M. Karmany’s Company of Independent Cavalry.  He was not married.  [See: Uhler Genealogy, p. 30].

John E. Uhler (1842-xxxx) was one of the first to volunteer as a member of the Allen Rifles (First Defenders).  He also served with the 93rd Pennsylvania Infantry and was transferred to the 1st Pennsylvania Cavalry, where he was discharged in March 1862 with a disability.  Being researched also are possible tours with the 26th Pennsylvania Infantry and 28th Pennsylvania Infantry, Emergency Militia.  His wife was Annie Cosgrove.  [See: Uhler Genealogy, p. 9-10].

John F. Uhler (1841-xxxx) married Hannah Louise Foster.  He served in the 4th Ohio Infantry, Company K.  [See:  Uhler Genealogy, p. 6].

John H. Uhler (18xx-xxxx) served in the 3rd Pennsylvania Heavy Artillery.  He married twice – to Kate Kitzmiller and to Virginia Dietz.  [See:  Uhler Genealogy, p. 10].

Martin J. Uhler (18xx-xxxx) was a member of the 7th Illinois Infantry, Company I, and the 70th Illinois Infantry, Company B.  He married Mary Jane Truax.  [See:  Uhler Genealogy, p. 17].

Reuben D. Uhler (1838-1862) was killed in action at Gaines’ Mills, Virginia, while serving in the 36th Pennsylvania Infantry (7th Pennsylvania Reserves), Company C.  It is not known where he is buried.  [See:  Uhler Genealogy, p. 30].

Samuel Uhler (1846-1881) was held prisoner at Andersonville, Georgia, after being captured on the “Stoneman Raid” near the Chattahoochie River.  He was a member of McLaughlin’s Squadron, Company B, in Sherman’s Brigade.  Additional confirmation is being sought on the exact regimental designation of his service.  Samuel married Elizabeth Boney.  [See:  Uhler Genealogy, p. 4].

Simon George Uhler (18xx-xxxx) resided in Pine Grove, Schuylkill County.  He was wounded at Fredericksburg, 23 December 1862, while serving with the 129th Pennsylvania Infantry.  [See:  Uhler Genealogy, p. 7].

Uriah Uhler (1929-1884) married Elizabeth Nord.  He served with the Confederates but his specific regiment of service is not known at this time.  According to family legend, he was taken prisoner at Gettysburg, but released on a letter from President Abraham Lincoln. He died in 1884 at Shiloh, Ohio.  [See:  Uhler Genealogy, p. 5-6].

William Edward Uhler (18xx-xxxx) possibly served in the navy during the Civil War. He was aboard the U.S.S. Oneida which sunk in the China Sea in 1870.  [See:  Uhler Genealogy, p. 13].

William J. Uhler (1822-1898) is buried in Pottsville, Schuylkill County.  He was married to Emily Hartman.  During the Civil War he served in the 99th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company C, which he recruited.  He was wounded at Gettysburg and commissioned a Major in 1864.  In 1865, he was Breveted Lieutenant Colonel.  In 1869, he was a member of the Kentucky Legislature.  [See:  Uhler Genealogy, p. 31].

? Umholtz (18xx-xxxx) is buried at Calvary Cemetery, Wiconisco, Dauphin County.  There is a G.A.R. star-flag holder at the grave, but the stone is difficult to read and the first name unknown.

Augustus Umholtz (1842-xxxx) was a member of the 17th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company H, as a Private, and of the 39th Pennsylvania Infantry (Militia of 1863), Company E, as a Private.  His wife’s name was Mary Jane Strong.  His brother was Charles W. Umholtz.

Charles Edward Umholtz (1844-1869) served in the 43rd Ohio Infantry, Company C, as a Corporal.  He is buried in Shenango Valley Cemetery, Greenville, Mercer County, Pennsylvania.

Charles W. Umholtz (1846-xxxx) was the brother of Augustus Umholtz and served with him in the 17th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company H, as a Private and the 39th Pennsylvania Infantry (Militia of 1863), Company E, as a Private.  He was married to Caroline Elizabeth Deibler.

G. William Umholtz (1837-1898) is buried in the Peace Cemetery, Berrysburg, Dauphin County. He registered for the draft in 1863, but no specific regiment of service has been located.

William H. W. Umholtz (1843-1923) is buried in Shaeffer’s Valley Church of God Cemetery, Perry County.  His service was in the 187th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company D, as a Private, and the 133rd Pennsylvania Infantry, Company I, as a Private.


Tullio Suzzaro Verdi (1829-1902) was a medical doctor who was a graduate of the Homeopathic Medical College of Philadelphia.  He was Secretary of State William Seward‘s physician at the time Seward was attacked as part of the overall assassination plot in April 1865.  No military service has been located for him and it is not known at this time whether he was involved in the treatment of soldiers in Washington, D.C. area hospitals during the war.  His wife’s name was Rebecca.


The list concludes tomorrow.


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