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Eleven Civil War Dead of Millersburg

Posted By on February 9, 2014


“One hundred twenty six men from Millersburg served in the war, some for more than a one-year enlistment.  Of those 126 men, 11 died.”  This statement is found on page 41 of the book, A Celebration of Millersburg’s Bicentennial, edited by Nancy L. Wert and Edwin D. Schlegel, and published in 2007.

The number of men from Millersburg who served in the Civil War was based on the number of names on the Millersburg Soldier Monument, which has previously been featured here on this blog.  It is not known where the editors got the information that only eleven of these men died in the war as there is no indication on the plaque as to which men died, were wounded or were captured – something which is noted on the Lykens G.A.R. Monument.

This year in May, the Borough of Millersburg will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the dedication of the monument.  That dedication ceremony was also previously noted on this blog.

The eleven men who are named in the bicentennial book are named below – as they appear in the book, but with an accompanying picture of how their name appears on the Millersburg Soldier Monument plaque.  In a few cases, the name is slightly different than what appears on the plaque, and that is noted.

The Civil War Research Project is seeking information on each of the eleven men named in the book and will make this information available to the Historical Society of Millersburg and Upper Paxton Township so that it is accessible to researchers.  Information may be added as public comment to this post or may be sent by e-mail to the Project.  Of particular interest are stories, pictures, genealogies (family connections with other veterans), military records, pension files, grave location and grave marker photographs, and memorabilia related to the veterans.



Joseph Kawell [named on monument at “Joseph Kawel“]. Private, Co. E. 18th Regiment PA., Cavalry [18th Pennsylvania Cavalry], Buried at Andersonville, Ga.



Emanuel Bittleyon [also known as  “E. Bettleyon” ], Private, Co. H., 127th PA., Vols [127th Pennsylvania Infantry].  Killed at Fredericksburg, Va., 13 December 1862.



Benjamin Zeigler, Private, Co. B. 9th Pa., Cavalry [9th Pennsylvania Cavalry], Died at Chattanooga, Tenn., 12 August 1864.  [Note:  3 pages of the mother’s pension application file are available through Fold3].



Charles S. Bowman, Private, Co. B, 6th PA., Reserves [35th Pennsylvania Infantry], Died in Salisbury Prison, 13 December 1864.



John J. Steever, [the “J. J. Steever” who is named on the monument] Private, Co. B, 6th PA., Reserves [35th Pennsylvania Infantry].  Killed at the Battle of Bull Run, 30 Aug 1862. [Note:  16 pages of the widow’s pension application file are available through Fold3].



Anthony Rutter, Co. D, 84th Regiment Pa., Vols [84th Pennsylvania Infantry].  Died 14 July 1864.  Buried in Cypress Hill Cemetery Long Island, N.Y.



Joseph Kline [probably the Jacob Kline named on the memorial] Private, Co. F, 184th Regiment, PA., Vols [184th Pennsylvania Infantry].  Died of wounds received in action on 20 June 1864. [Note:  28 pages of the widow’s pension application file are available through Fold3].



Michael Haverstick, Private, Co. 11, 16th Regiment U.S. Infantry [16th U.S. Infantry].  Died in hospital in Chattanooga, Tenn.



John P. Ditty [named on plaque as “J. B. Ditty“], Private, Co. B., 26th Regiment, Infantry [26th Illinois Infantry].  Died in hospital in Keokuk, Iowa, 17 August 1862.



Thomas Norton, Private, Co. M, 1st Pa., Cavalry [1st Pennsylvania Cavalry].  Killed at Falmouth, Va.  [Note:  29 pages of the mother’s pension application file are available through Fold3].



George Brown [named as “G. W. Brown” on monument]. Private, Co. B, 7th PA. Reserves [36th Pennsylvania Infantry].


In an upcoming post a newly-discovered list of supposed Civil War veterans who are buried at Oak Hill Cemetery in Millersburg will be featured.  This list has 114 names, many of which are not included on the Millersburg Soldier Monument.


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