Born in Centre county, Pennsylvania. Volunteered May 10, 1861, at Newark, I11. Discharged February 15, 1864, on account of wound received at Vicksburg. Was appointed Orderly Sergeant June 13, 1861. Commissioned 2d Lieutenant January 22, 1862; Captain March 13, 1862.
On April 6, 1862, had mumps very badly, and had neck wrapped with red flannel. Nevertheless, went out in command of the Company. Had sword struck by a missile and bent nearly double, and received two slight wounds in the face. At noon was compelled to retire from the Company. When going, several of the boys turned over their pocket-books to him for safe keeping. Joined us, and took command of the Company, at daylight the next morning and was in all the second day's fighting.
On September 1, 1862, was indisposed and was riding in an ambulance with Assistant Surgeon Bailey and Chaplain Button. When first shots were heard at Britton's Lane he jumped out, buckled on his sword and asked Dr. Bailey to give him a strong dose of whisky and quinine and then went forward on a run to take charge of the Company. This is a true story, because Chaplain Button tells it.
On May 22, 1863, while in command of the Company at Vicksburg he was shot in the foot. On this occasion he lost his sword that had been battered at Shiloh ; also, most of his other personal eifects. He was discharged on account of this wound and receives pension therefor at the rate of twenty dollars a month.
Since war has been teacher, farmer, business man and cattle man in thfe West, Is broken in health. Rheumatism and other debilities. Say's he can't work much. We understand he does not have to. In one sense of the word it is supposed he is wellheeled, although in another sense it is certain he is very badly heeled. In religion a Methodist ; in politics a radical republican.