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Tower City, Porter and Rush Township Civil War Veterans – Part 4

Posted By on July 13, 2012

The Tower City Borough, Porter Township and Rush Township Veterans Memorial is located at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Cemetery which is located along Route 209 in Tower City, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania.  It was the subject of a prior post on this blog on 30 December 2010.

Within the glass cases on the monument are name plates for each of the eligible veterans who served in America’s Wars.  The Civil War veterans are noted in the left case in the center section of the monument.  To give due recognition to each of the Civil War veterans named on the monument, the name plates will be individually pictured followed by a brief description of the Civil War service of the veteran.


ISAAC HAND (1841-1864) died during the Civil War.  He served in the 184th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company B, as a Private.  After he was mustered in on 12 May 1864, he was wounded at Cold Harbor, Virginia, 24 Jul 1864, and was sent to a hospital in Philadelphia, where he died as a result of complications from the wound and from typhoid fever.  His mother Mary Hand applied for a pension but it was not awarded.


JOSIAH HAND (1833-?) was a Private in the 173rd Pennsylvania Infantry, Company F.  He married a woman named Jane and was living in Porter Township in 1890.


FREDERICK HECKERT (1828-1897) is buried in Hoffman’ Cemetery, Lykens Township, Dauphin County.  He was married to Angeline Sierer.  During the Civil War he was a Private in the 127th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company D.  In 1890 he complained of piles which he attributed to his military service.  Frederick’s son was tragically killed in a mine accident at Brookside Colliery on 31 July 1894.


WILLIAM HENRY (1825-1908) was previously featured here in a post entitled Sgt. William Henry – 96th Pennsylvania Infantry.


SAMUEL HEPLER (1841-1896) served in the 78th Pennsylvania Infantry.  He had a wife named Margaret.  He is buried in St. Paul’s (Artz) Cemetery, Sacramento, Schuylkill County.


JOHN H. HORN (1834-?) is possibly the same person who served in the 201st Pennsylvania Infantry, Company H, as a Private.  In 1890, John Horn, who was living in Tower City, did not state his regiment or company to the census.


JOHN HORNISH (1838-1914) was married to a woman name Mary and he lived in Tower City in 1890.  During the Civil War, he enrolled at Pine Grove, Schuylkill County, in the 96th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company B, and served as a Private from 2 September 1861 through 21 October 1864.  John is buried in Orwin, Porter Township, Schuylkill County.


BENJAMIN HAUTZ (1844-1924) served in the Emergency Force of 1863, designated the 39th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company H, as a Private.  His service dates were from 29 June 1863 through 2 August 1863.  His name is also found in the records as “Benneville Houtz” among other combinations.  He was married to a woman named Jennie and he is buried in the Tower City Cemetery, Tower City.


ISAAC HOUTZ (1838-1864) died from wounds received in the war, 12 June 1864.  He served in the 50th Pennsylvania Infantry, Companies A and K, as a Private, and for a time was detached to the 79th New York Infantry, Company F.


To be continued at a future date….

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