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The Yeager Family in the Civil War (Part 7)

Posted By on June 8, 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.



2nd Pennsylvania Heavy Artillery

The following four men with the Yeager surname served in the 2nd Pennsylvania Artillery (Heavy).  Very little is known about them at this time other than what is presented below.



Joseph Yeager was born about 1846 in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, and on 13 February 1864, he was mustered into service at Harrisburg in Battery B, 2nd Pennsylvania Artillery, as a Private.  He had enrolled at Chambersburg, was about 18 years old, and was working as a laborer.  His records indicate that he died at the Fair Grounds Hospital at Petersburg, Virginia, on 1 November 1865.  His mother applied for pension benefits on 14 May 1883, but she did not receive them.



William Yeager was born about 1844.  He enlisted at Holidaysburg, Pennsylvania, in Battery G of the 2nd Pennsylvania Artillery, and was mustered into service at the same place as a Private on 19 March 1864.  On 29 September 1864, he went missing in action at Chapin’s Farm, Virginia.  No pension application from any survivor has been discovered to date.


Samuel B. H. Yeager, also known as Samuel H. Yeager, was mustered into service as a Private in Battery G, 2nd Pennsylvania Artillery, 26 February 1864 and was mustered out of service on 29 January 1866.  Nothing more has been found about him.



John Yeager, who was born about 1821, enrolled at Philadelphia in the 2nd Pennsylvania Artillery, Battery C, as a Private on 31 December 1861.  He was about 40 years old at the time.  His name is not found on the muster out roll.


Pension Index Cards are from the Pennsylvania Archives.  The flag of the 2nd Pennsylvania Artillery is from the Capitol Preservation Committee, Harrisburg.


One Response to “The Yeager Family in the Civil War (Part 7)”

  1. don hughes says:

    Amos Yeager(1822-1864) son of Peter Yeager (1799-1876) of Catawissa area was killed May 10, 1864 at Spotsylvania Court House. He was husband of Susan Seywell (1830-1931) who later married August Bonhardt. Amos was the brother of Daniel (Rachel Engle), Angeline (Cyrus Summers),Rebecca (Frederick Wade, Gottlieb Wiest),and Mary (Isaac Singley). Any further information re these Yeagers and Amos send to donwy@aol.com
    also on ancestry.com

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