Posted By Norman Gasbarro on March 27, 2014
Today’s post on the Shamokin Cemetery’s Soldiers’ Circle features nine graves in the outer circle, third quadrant, beginning with photograph 51. The photographs in this segment are numbered 51 through 59. All of the stones in this section are sequenced in the order of the death of the veteran. For each of the veterans, the best determination of the name is given and where possible some information about the military record. Some errors may be noted where the information on the stone may not match other records. Each grave photograph may be enlarged by clicking on it, and in some cases, readers may be able to identify or clarify some of the unknown information. Comments can be added to this post or sent by e-mail to the Civil War Research Project. The collected information on soldiers buried in the circle (including some military records, pension files, photographs, etc.) is available free-of-charge to veterans organizations, historical societies, and other non-profit groups. Inquiries may be sent by e-mail or by regular mail, to the attention of Norman Gasbarro, P.O. Box 523, Gratz, PA 17030.
#51 – Samuel P. Eisenhart
Samuel P. Eisenhart served in the 46th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company K, as a Corporal and Sergeant, as indicated on his grave marker. There are conflicting dates as to his muster in time (4 September 1861 or 13 January 1864), but he was mustered out of service on 16 July 1865. His promotion to Sergeant occurred on 5 July 1865, nearly at the end of what may have been his second enlistment. One military source states that he had re-enlisted at Dechard, Tennessee on 13 January 1864. Originally he had enrolled in this company and regiment at Shamokin, was mustered in at Harrisburg, and declared that he was a miner residing in Shamokin. Records clearly indicate that Samuel P. Eisenhart also served in Company K of the 10th Pennsylvania Infantry, although this 3-month service is not noted on the grave marker. Samuel submitted a pension application on 18 June 1888 and his widow followed suit on 22 March 1892 after his death. Samuel P. Eisenhart was born about 1837 and died on 4 March 1892.
#52 – ——– —-erk
This badly weathered stone has some partially readable information, but not enough to clearly identify the veteran who is buried here. By the position in the circle, he died between early March 1892 and late January 1892.
#53 – Peter ——–
This badly weathered stone also has very little readable information. The given name appears to be Peter. By the position in the circle, he died between early March 1892 and late January 1892.
#54 – Mort B. ——–
The surname on this grave marker could be Ennah, and the first name is clearly Mort. By the position in the circle, he died between early March 1892 and late January 1892.
#55 – Elias F. Pifer
Elias F. Pifer‘s birth year is given as 1837, but there is some evidence that he was actually born in January 1838. Most records give the name as Elias F. Peifer. The star-flag holder at this grave site is for the Mexican War, but that surely is in error as he would have been too young to serve in that war. While there is another Elias Peifer who served in the 173rd Pennsylvania Infantry, this one probably served in the 52nd Pennsylvania Infantry, Company D, as a Private. At the time of enlistment Elias lived in Trevorton and was working as a laborer. He gave his age as 23. Two death dates are possibilities: 29 November 1892 and 2 December 1892. It’s possible that the latter date is for the burial.
#56 – Thomas Caldwell
Thomas Caldwell, born about 1836, and died about 1892, although the death date on the stone appears to be 1882. He first served in the 8th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company A, as a Private, from 22 April 1861 to 29 July 1861, giving his residence as Shamokin and occupation as laborer, and then re-enlisted in the 46th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company K, as a Sergeant, on 5 September 1861 through a discharge on a Surgeon’s Certificate of Disability on 9 October 1863. He applied for a pension on 29 March 1880 and his widow, Anna B. Caldwell, applied in January 1892. In 1890, Thomas Caldwell was living in Shamokin.
#57 – Sunken in Ground – Unreadable
The stone at this position is sunken in the ground and the visible portion is badly worn and unreadable.
#58 – Joel Holshoe
Joel Holshoe (or Joel Holtshoe) was born about 1830 and died about 1892. He served in the 46th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company K, as a Private and Corporal from 4 September 1861 to re-enlistment at Dechard, Tennessee, on 13 January 1864, to discharge on 16 July 1865. At enlistment in this regiment, he was a miner living in Shamokin. His promotion to Corporal came on 1 November 1862. An earlier enlistment for 3 months was with the 8th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company A, also as a Private and Corporal. He was mustered into that service on 22 April 1861 and was mustered out on 29 July 1861. For this earlier enlistment, he gave his residence as Shamokin, but his occupation as laborer. Following the Civil War, he applied for a pension on 9 May 1883, and after his death, his widow, Angeline Holshoe, applied.
#59 – Samuel Tobias
There are several persons with the name Samuel Tobias, so the records of this veteran could be confused with those of another. It appears that this one was born either 19 November 1844 or 1845, and served in the 27th Pennsylvania Infantry (Emergency of 1863), Company C and/or Company I, as a Private, from 19 June 1863 through 30 August 1863. He had enrolled at Tremont at age 18. It also appears that this is the same Samuel Tobias who lived in Williams Township in 1870 and whose wife was Anna Elizabeth [Poticher] Tobias. He died on 14 July 1893.
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