Samuel Segar was born in South Carolina in 1840. As a young jewish boy, he and his family moved to NJ. Mus. Samuel Segar was mustered into service on August 2nd 1861 as a drummer for the 23rd Pennsylvania Volunteers, Birney's Zouaves" at The Skuykill Arsenal. The musicians were discharged by a General Order from the Army on August 4th 1862. At that time Samuel Re-enlisted as a Private in Company C. On December 23rd 1862 he was transfered to William Hexamers 1st NJ Battery.
The 23rd Pennsylvania was born from an early war City of Philadelphia Militia group in which troops were trained in Artillery and Cavalry. Company A of the three month Regiment called "The Continental Guard" was originally to be an Artillery Battery until the need for Infantry was so strong after the attack on Ft Sumtner. Many of it's trained troops with Artillery or Cavary Experience were transfered to other units during the war.
He returned to the 23rd Pennsylvania on October 14th 1863 and remained as a Private of Company C, 23rd until his muster out on September 8th 1864. Near the end of the war he re-enlisted again on January 5th 1865 as a Private of Company H , 28th PA Volunteers. He was Mustered Out on 7/18/1865 at Washington, DC. His widow's pension filing says he also served with the U.S. Army Quartermaster Dept. after the war. He married Mary and they returned to NJ where he was a Real Estate agent in NJ and PA. He then moved across the Delaware River to Philadelphia , PA.
Later on in the 1870's he and his wife moved to Washington State. They settled in Everett Washington where he became a Police Officer.
A special Thank You to Nils Solsvik for all of his effort in getting photos of this soldiers Grave.