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Some Civil War Connections to Pillow (Part 3 of 3)

Posted By on July 29, 2015

On 4 July 2015 I gave the Keynote Speech at the Pillow Historical Society Open House, Pillow, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.  One of the parts of that talk was the identification of twenty-one Civil War veterans who had some connection to Pillow (formerly called Uniontown). Today’s post features the final seven of those men with some of the information known about them.  Most of these men have been previously featured here on this blog and links are provided to those past posts.

The Pillow Historical Society is particularly interested in pictures of the men and their wives for an updated “veterans-of-all-wars” display that they are working on.  Where pictures of the veterans are not included in the posts in this series, it can be assumed that the Civil War Research Project has not yet obtained them – and, if any descendants of those veterans have digital images they would like to contribute for the memorial display, they can be e-mailed to the Project.  Also mentioned in the talk were two supposed veterans, one of whom has a G.A.R. marker at his grave and the other has been included because family or local tradition has stated that they had Civil War service.  For those two, confirmation of their actual Civil War service must be obtained or they will not be included in the veterans’ display.  Readers of this blog are invited to share what they know either by commenting directly to this post or sending an e-mail to the Project.


Gideon Johnson Pillow (8 June 1806 – 6 October 1878)


Service:  Officer in Mexican War.  Confederate General in Civil War.

Occupation:  Plantation Owner, Slaveholder, Military Officer and Politician.  Born: Williamson Co., Tennessee.   Died: Helena, Phillips Co., Arkansas.

Pillow Post Office named for him.  Pillow Borough named for him.


Buried: Elmwood Cemetery, Memphis, Tennessee.


Dr. Jesse J. Reed  (18 August 1840 – 8 April 1916)


Service: 131st Pennsylvania Infantry, Company C, Private.  MI: 8 August 1862 .    MO: 23 May 1863.  Service: 28th Pennsylvania Militia, Company A, Private.  MI: July 1863. MO: August 1863.

Occupation:  Physician and Burgess of Uniontown (Pillow).  Born: Shamokin.   Died: Pillow.  Married: Catherine Leinbach.   Married: Adelaide A. Bressler.


Note:  News clipping above from Harrisburg Patriot, 10 September 1907.


Buried: Oak Hill Cemetery, Millersburg, Dauphin Co., Pennsylvania.


William W. Rothermel  (2 May 1842 – 18 May 1922)


Service: 50th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company A, Sergeant.  MI: 19 August 1861     MO: 30 July 1865.  Injured by Wounded Man Falling on Him at Weldon Railroad.

Occupation:  Farmer. Born: Klingerstown.  Lived: Jordan Township.  Died: Pillow.  Married: Sarah Ann Schaffer.


Buried: St. Michael’s Cemetery, Klingerstown, Schuylkill Co., Pennsylvania.


Percival Sausser  (17 May 1841 – 18 August 1907)


Service: 208th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company A, Corporal.  MI: 30 August 1864.     MO: Absent, in Hospital.  Wounded at Fort Stedman – Leg Shot Off.

Occupation:  Stone Cutter and Farmer.  Married: Lydia Leitzel.  Lived in Mifflin Township, Pillow, Lower Mahanoy Township, and Jordan Township.

Buried: Union Cemetery, Jordan Township, Northumberland Co., Pennsylvania.


John Weiser  (October 1842 – 1 March 1905)


Service: 12th Pennsylvania Cavalry, Company I, Private.  MI: 24 February 1862     MO: 12 April 1865.  Wounded in Ankle.

Occupation:  Laborer.  Married: Catherine “Kate” ?  Married: Jestina Rothermel.  Born: Jordan Township.  Died: Pillow.


Buried: Grand View Cemetery, Pillow, Dauphin Co., Pennsylvania.


William M. Williard (24 February 1846 – 31 March 1920)


Service: 208th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company A, Private.  MI: 30 August 1864. MO: 1 June 1865.

Occupation:  Plasterer and General Contractor. Lived: Mifflin Township, Herndon, Girardville, and Pillow.  Married: Sarah E. Groff.  Married: Henrietta C. Hoffman.


Burial: Union Cemetery, Jordan Township, Northumberland Co., Pennsylvania.


Solomon Franklin Leitzel  (23 May 1834 – 19 Jun 1923)


Service: 36th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company B, Private.  MI: 18 July 1861.    MO: 20 May 1862.

Occupation:  Tailor.  Born: Pillow.  Died: Powell’s Valley.  Married: Hannah A. Buffington.


Buried: Union Church Cemetery, Enterline, Dauphin Co., Pennsylvania.


For regimental flag photos see:  Pennsylvania Civil War Battle Flags.  News clipping from the on-line resources of the Free Library of Philadelphia.

This concludes the series of three articles on “Some Civil War Connections to Pillow.”


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