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The Yeager Family in the Civil War (Part 11)

Posted By on June 29, 2015

In 1912, the Hon. James Martin Yeager wrote and published A Brief History of the Yeager, Buffington, Creighton, Jacobs, Lemon, Hoffman and Woodside Families and Their Collateral Kindred of Pennsylvania.  Yeager was formerly the President of Drew Seminary for Young Women of Carmel, New York as well as a former Member of the House of Representatives of Pennsylvania and a Marshal of the Middle District of Pennsylvania.  On pages 82-85, he presented a list of Pennsylvania soldiers he identified with the Yeager surname who had fought in the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865.  In addition to the names of the soldiers, he named the regiment and company in which they fought.  Sixty-three veterans were thus identified.  A free download of Yeager’s book can be obtained at the Internet Archive.

There is much information still to be discovered about each of the veterans.  Readers of this blog are urged to add information to what is provided below – particularly genealogical information about each of the men, including the names of their parents and their decent from the earliest Yeager’s who arrived in Pennsylvania.  Additional stories about the Civil War service of these veterans is also sought, particularly if readers have access to the pension application files and military records from the National Archives.  Pictures are especially welcome!  Comments can be added to this post or sent by e-mail.

This post continues a multi-part series on these Pennsylvanians with the Yeager surname who served in the Civil War.



Theodore H. Yeager was 19 years old (born about 1842) when he enlisted in the 20th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company F, as a Private, and was mustered into service at Philadelphia on 30 April 1861.  He served until his 3-month duty was completed at the end of July 1861.  His occupation was paperhanger.



Edward G. Yeager, sometimes referred to as Edwin G. Yeager, was born 28 January 1845 and died 13 September 1897.  He is buried at the Union-West End Cemetery, Allentown, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania.  On 30 September 1864 at Harrisburg, he was mustered into the 9th Pennsylvania Cavalry, Company A, as a Private.  His residence at the time was Harrisburg and he was employed as a teamster.   However, his first service was in a Pennsylvania Emergency Militia, the 27th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company H, as a Private, from 19 June 1863 to 30 July 1863.  After the war he applied for a pension on 7 May 1891, which he received and collected until his death.  For more information about him, see his Findagrave Memorial.



Christopher Yeager, or Christopher Yaeger, was born about 1837 in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.  During the Civil War, he served in the 102nd Pennsylvania Infantry, Company M, as a Private, from 3 September 1861 until he was discharged on a Surgeon’s Certificate of Disability on 21 September 1863, as a result of being wounded at Chancellorsville and Salem Heights, Virginia, on the 3 May 1863.  At the time of his enlistment at Pittsburgh, he was a farmer.  Because of his wounds, he was able to apply for a pension on 26 September 1863, which he received and collected until his death on 6 June 1895.  He is buried at Allegheny Cemetery, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.



William H. Yeager enrolled in the 118th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company C, as a Private, at Philadelphia, and was mustered into service there on 6 August 1862.  At some point in that service, he was transferred to the Veteran Reserve Corps (Invalid Corps), but he was discharged before war’s end, because he applied for a pension on 29 June 1864, which he collected until his death.  On 17 February, his widow, Mary A. Yeager, applied for benefits and she collected until her death.  William H. Yeager was about 29 years old and was probably a resident of Philadelphia when joined the 118th Pennsylvania Infantry.



Henry E. Yeager, born about 1841 and died 26 February 1895, first served in the 7th Pennsylvania Cavalry, Company E, as a Private, from 29 October 1861 through his discharge on a Surgeon’s Certificate of Disability in May 1862.  After two years, on 9 September 1864, he began service in the 199th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company I, as a Private, which he completed to an honorable discharge on 28 June 1865.  During the 2nd service, he was promoted to Corporal on 2 October 1864.  His records show that he was born in Clinton County, Pennsylvania, and for his second service, he enrolled and was mustered in at Williamsport, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania.  By occupation, he was a farmer.  On 24 April 1883, he applied for an invalid pension, which he received and collected until his death.  His widow continued with pension benefits until her death.



Franklin Yeager served in the 2nd Pennsylvania Infantry, Company A, as a Private, from 20 April 1861 through 3 months to 24 July 1861.  At the time, he was a 35-year old resident of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.  He also was credited with service in Muchler’s Independent Battery of Light Artillery as a Corporal, from 11 October 1861 through 12 October 1865.


Pension Index Cards are from the Pennsylvania ArchivesMilitary Index Cards are from Fold3.


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