Friday, November 27, 2015

Alfred Sickman

Fifth West Virginia Cavalry Formerly Second infantry, Co. G..
Alfred Sickman was born June 27, 1840, in a farm house in Mifflin township, Allegheny county. Pa. His mother died when he was about 8 years old, and his father, Samuel Sickman, married his second wife. Miss Ann Ailes, about two years later, and removed to California in Washington county, Pa., in the spring of 1858. Alfred attended the seminary there until the breaking out of the rebellion, when he recruited what was later called the "Pike Run squad," and proceeding with his men to Pittsburgh, became a part of the Plummer (Aiards, and was elected first lieutenant at the organization.

He was unassuming, pleasant and considerate, greatly liked by his men. He met every duty as it presented Itself, and bravely and conscientiously served his country to the best of his ability. At the battle of Allegheny Mountain, December 13. 1861, while gallantly leading his men, he was sliot and fell dead in front of the enemy, dying as a brave soldier should. His remains were left on the mountain side, and were buried by his comrades April 7, 1S62, on their way to Monterey.  The remains were subsequently removed and lie in the National cemetery at Grafton. 

Burial:Grafton National Cemetery, Grafton, Taylor County, West Virginia.

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