Posted By Norman Gasbarro on July 27, 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.
HENRY NEIDLINGER (1831-?), also known as Henry Nightlinger, served in the 173rd Pennsylvania Infantry, Company F, as a Private, from 30 October 1862 through 16 August 1863. He was living in Porter Township in 1890.
THOMAS NOLAN (1846-?), also known as Thomas Nolen and Thomas Nolin, died of ague before the 1890 Census, at which time his widow Harriet was living in Tower City. At the time of his enlistment in the 55th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company E, as a Private, he was a resident of Northampton Conty and was employed as a laborer. His enrollment occurred at Minersville, Schuylkill County, and he was mustered into service on 17 February 1864. He was discharged from the service on 13 August 1865.
WILLIAM OWENS (1842-?) first served in the 48th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company I, as a Private. He enrolled in this service at Middleport, Pennsylvania, where he resided and was working as a laborer, and was he mustered in at Camp Hamilton Virginia on 15 August 1861. After the conclusion of this term of service he was discharged on 13 September 1864. Six months later at Pottsville he joined the 16th Pennsylvania Cavalry where he served in Companies A and C as a Private, giving his occupation as engineer and his residence as St. Clair, Schuylkill County. His Civil War service ended with his cavalry discharge on 11 September 1865. William is also found as “William Owen” in the records. In 1890 he noted that during his war service he received a “flesh wound in [the] thigh.” William’s wife’s name was Barbara.
ABRAHAM H. REED (1843-1917), more commonly known as “Abe Reed,” was shot in the right thigh during his time in the 208th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company A. In this company he was a Sergeant. The wound was received at Fort Stedman, Virginia, 25 March 1865. Abe’s service in the 208th occurred from 23 August 1864 through 18 May 1865. Earlier in the war he was drafted into the 177th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company I, as a Private and he served there under Capt. Evitts, from 2 November 1862 to 5 August 1863. Abe Reed lived in Tower City in 1890. After the Civil War he worked as a fireman in the mines and also was a stationary engineer. His brothers Israel and Joseph also were soldiers in the Civil War. Abraham Reed married a woman named Susan and when he died, he was buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Tower City.
JOSEPH H. REED (1840-1921), the brother of Abraham (above), was drafted into the 177th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company I, as a Private and served under Capt. Evitts. His other brother, Israel, also served in the war. Joseph married Ann Marie Heberling. He is buried in the Greenwood Cemetery, Tower City.
HENRY WILLIAM REEDY (1829-1918), the twin brother of William Henry Reedy, was the son of Leonard Reedy, gunsmith of Gratz. A brief biographic sketch of Henry was previously provided in the post entitled: Gratz During the Civil War – The Leonard Reedy House.
WILLIAM HENRY REEDY (1829-1881) the twin brother of Henry William Reedy, was the son of Leonard Reedy, gunsmith of Gratz. A brief biographic sketch of William was previously provided in the post entitled: Gratz During the Civil War – The Leonard Reedy House.
JONAS P. REIGLE (1835-1889) was previously profiled in the post entitled: Children of Daniel Riegle, Dauphin County Commissioner (Part 2 of 2).
To be continued Tuesday….
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