G.A.R. Post: Oliver Morton Post #10 Snohomish, WA
11th PENNSYLVANIA VOLUNTEER CALVARY
Organized: 8/9/61 PA, IA, NY, NJ, OH
Mustered Out: 7/12/65 Harrisburg, PA
52nd PENNSYLVANIA VOLUNTEER INFANTRY
Organized: 10/7/61 Harrisburg, PA
Mustered Out: 8/13/65 Richmond, VA
Unit History: 11th PA Cav. (108th INF)
This three year, “independent” unit was recruited in a number of states and was first known as Harlan’s Light Cavalry. In early Oct., ’61 it moved through Washington and encamped at Ball’s Crossroads, VA On 11/13/61 the regiment was designated the 108th PA Vol. Inf. as only state organizations were accepted into federal service. From mid Nov., ’61 through Feb., ’62 the 11th/108th was stationed at Fortress Monroe, VA After this it was active in raids throughout Virginia and into North Carolina. In 1865 it was with Sheridan at Five Forks, VA and pursued Lee’s troops to Appomattox Court House.
Unit History: 52nd Pa. Inf.
This three year unit saw extensive action during the 1862 Peninsula Campaign. In 1863 the 52nd participated in the siege of Fort Wagner, NC. In early ’64 reenlistments and new recruits brought the regiment to 1000 strong. During this period it was stationed at Hilton Head, VA making occasional raids into the states interior. It next moved to Charleston, SC where on 7/3/64 it lost 7 killed, 16 wounded and more than 100 captured during an assault on Ft. Johnson. During that winter it served picket duty as “boat infantry” in the Charleston harbor. After the fall of Charleston the 52nd joined Sherman’s march through the Carolinas and, after Confederate Gen. Johnston’s surrender, served briefly at Salisbury, N C before returning home for final muster.
SOLDIER: 11th PA Cav.
Residence: Not listed Age: 22.8
Enlisted/Enrolled: 8/21/61 Rank: Pvt.
Highest Rank: Pvt.
SOLDIER: 52nd PA Inf.
Residence: Not listed Age: 25.3
Enlisted/Mustered In: 3/21/64 Scranton, PA
Discharged: 7/25/65 Salisbing, S.C.
Highest Rank: Pvt.
John Patrick was born in Wyoming Co., PA. The year was 1838/39. In 1861 the 6’, blue eyed farmer entered the U.S. Army as a blacksmith. His career was to be short lived. According to Private Patrick, about 9/27/61 while on duty near Fairfax Courthouse, VA he lay on the ground during a heavy storm which almost covered him with water and rendered him near unconsciousness and unable to move. He was subsequently taken to a stable and placed on some hay. A comrade then sent for his father who took care of him for several weeks. By mid October, however, John had contracted typhoid pneumonia and was hospitalized at Fortress Monroe. Remained there, he was granted a medical discharge on 11/30/61. In March, 1864 Mr. Patrick returned to military service. This time he successfully completed his tour of duty.
He then returned to PA. On 5/19/66 at Falls, PA John Patrick married Patience Elizabeth “Libbie” Hanna (b 10/42). The union would produce five children: Arthur (10/14/69), Lewis (8/2/73), Roy W. (2/1/74), Mary Esther (10/4/79), and Gladys (4/13/85). All were born in PA about 1894 the Patrick family moved to Snohomish. Here, on 8/25/87 farmer and “minister” John Patrick applied for a government disability pension claiming the exposure and resulting typhoid pneumonia he suffered in 1861 had resulted in his contracting nephritis (kidney disease) from which he had never fully recovered. Now, at 59 years of age, he was a totally disabled unable to work or support himself. John Patrick, the two time former Union private died 1/30/01.
A newspaper account of the day read as follows: “Wednesday afternoon, J.R. Patrick, who lives near the E. & M.C. depot had been across the river in his buggy to Larama’s place on the Lowell road and was on his way home when he met Morgan Williams and stopped to talk with him. During the conversation Mr. Patrick ceased talking in the midst of a sentence, and Mr. Williams spoke to him again, but received no answer. Upon investigation it was found that Mr. Patrick was dead in his buggy.” John Patrick was 63 years of age. Libbie was to follow her husband in death on 9/28/05.
Buried at Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery Snohomish
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