Field & Staff

Field & Staff
 48th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry

Roster & Descriptive Roll



Colonels

James Nagle: Date of Enlistment: 9/1/1861; Age at Enlistment: 39; Occupation: House & Sign Painter/Sheriff; Residence: Pottsville; Date of Discharge: 5/9/1863; Notes: Promoted to Brigadier General, 9/10/1862; Resigned, 5/9/1863; Born: 4/5/1822 in Reading, PA; Died: 8/22/1866 in Pottsville; Buried: Presbyterian Cemetery, Pottsville, PA.

Joshua K. Sigfried: Date of Enlistment: 9/1/1861; Age at Enlistment: 33; Occupation: Coal Shipper; Residence: Port Carbon; Date of Discharge: 10/11/1864; Notes: Promoted from Major to Lt. Col.: 11/30/1861; to Colonel: 9/20/1862; to Brevet Brigadier General, 8/1/1864; Discharged at End of Term; Born: 7/4/1832 in Orwigsburg, PA; Died: 7/19/1895 in Pottsville, PA; Buried: Charles Baber Cemetery, Pottsville, PA.

Henry Pleasants: Date of Enlistment: 9/11/1861; Age at Enlistment: 29; Occupation: Civil Engineer; Residence: Pottsville; Date of Discharge: 12/18/1864; Notes: Promoted from Captain, Co. C, to Lt. Col.: 9/20/1862; to Colonel: 10/1/1864; to Brevet Brigadier General, 5/13/1865; Discharged at End of Term; Born: 2/16/1833 in Buenos Aires, Argentina; Died: 3/26/1880 in Pottsville, PA; Buried: Charles Baber Cemetery, Pottsville, PA.

George W. Gowen: Date of Enlistment: 9/11/1861; Age at Enlistment: 21; Occupation: Civil Engineer; Residence: Pottsville; Notes: Promoted from Captain, Co. C, to Lt. Col.: 12/20/1864; to Colonel: 3/1/1865; Killed in Action at Petersburg, 4/2/1865.

Isaac F. Brannan: Date of Enlistment: 10/1/1861; Age at Enlistment: 27; Height: 6'0; Complexion: Dark; Eyes: Grey; Hair: Dark; Occupation: Engineer; Residence: Cressona; Notes: Promoted from Captain, Co. K, to Major: 12/20/1864; Promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel, 3/1/1865; Promoted to Colonel, 5/11/1865; See Field & Staff; Born: 1833; Died: 1896

 

Lieutenant Colonels

David A. Smith: Date of Enlistment: 10/1/1861; Age at Enlistment: 37; Occupation: Tailor; Residence: Pottsville; Resigned: 11/1861; Notes: Commissioned but Not Mustered; Resigned; Born: 2/24/1824; Died: 4/3/1890; Buried: Presbyterian Cemetery, Pottsville, PA.

Richard M. Jones: Date of Enlistment: 9/11/1861; Age at Enlistment: 31; Height: 5'7; Complexion: Florid; Eyes: Grey; Hair: Light; Occupation: Machinist; Residence: Port Carbon; Date of Discharge: 7/17/1865; Notes: Promoted from Sgt. To 2nd Lt., 6/28/1864; to 1st Lt., 7/13/1864; to Capt., 9/12/1864; to Major 5/11/1864; to Lt. Col., 6/3/1865; Wounded Spotsylvania, 5/12/1864; Veteran      

 

Majors

Daniel Nagle: Date of Enlistment: 9/23/1861; Age at Enlistment: 33; Height: 5'3 ½;  Complexion: Dark; Eyes: Dark; Eyes: Dark; Occupation: Painter; Residence: Pottsville; Date of Discharge: 7/26/1862; Notes: Promoted from Captain, Co. D, to Major, 11/30/1861; Resigned; Born: 4/1/1828; Died: 1/11/1918; Buried: Presbyterian Cemetery, Pottsville, PA.  

James Wren: Date of Enlistment: 9/19/1861; Age at Enlistment: 38; Height: 5'7; Complexion: Light; Eyes: Grey; Hair: Dark; Occupation: Machinist; Residence: Pottsville; Date of Discharge: 5/20/1863; Notes: Promoted to Major, 9/30/1862; Resigned; Born: 3/6/1825 in Glasgow, Scotland; Died: 1/16/1901 in Philadelphia, PA; Buried: Fairview Cemetery, Boyertown, PA.

Joseph A. Gilmour: Date of Enlistment: 9/19/1861; Age at Enlistment: 27; Height: 5'11 ½; Complexion: Dark; Eyes: Blue; Hair: Grey; Occupation: Hatter; Residence: Pottsville; Notes: Promoted to Major, 7/28/1863; Mortally Wounded in Action, 5/31/1864; Died of Wounds 6/9/1864; Born: 6/30/1834 in Nova Scotia; Buried: Presbyterian Cemetery, Pottsville, PA.

Oliver C. Bosbyshell: Date of Enlistment: 9/11/1861; Age at Enlistment: 22; Residence: Pottsville; Date of Discharge: 10/1/1864; Notes: Promoted from 2nd Lt. to 1st Lt., 5/5/1862; to Captain, 6/2/1862; to Major, 7/23/1864; Discharged at End of Term; Born: 1/3/1839 in Vicksburg, Mississippi; Died: 8/1/1921 in Philadelphia, PA       ; Buried: West Laurel Hill Cemetery, Bala Cynwyd, PA.

Jacob Wagner: Date of Enlistment: 9/19/1861; Age at Enlistment: 21; Height: 5'6 ½; Complexion: Dark; Eyes: Dark; Hair: Black; Occupation: Painter; Residence: Pottsville; Date of Discharge: 7/17/1865; Notes: Promoted to Quartermaster Sergeant, 10/4/1861; To Quartermaster, 12/27/1862; to Major, 6/21/1865; Veteran

 

Adjutants

John D. Bertolette: Date of Enlistment: 10/1/1861; Age at Enlistment: 22; Residence: Mauch Chunk; Born: Berks County; Occupation: Law Student; Notes: Promoted to Captain and Assistant Adjutant General, General Nagle’s Staff, 9/25/1862; Wounded in Action, 8/29/1862, 2nd Bull Run; Born: 6/11/1839; Died: 4/17/1881; Buried: Lehighton Cemetery, Lehighton, PA.  

Daniel D. McGinnes: Date of Enlistment: 9/19/1861; Age at Enlistment: 23; Height: 5'8 ¼; Complexion: Dark; Eyes: Dark; Hair: Black; Occupation: Coal Operator; Residence: Pottsville; Notes: Promoted to Regimental Adjutant, 9/26/1862; Resigned: 3/18/1864.

Charles Loeser: Date of Enlistment: 10/1/1861; Age at Enlistment: 25; Height: 5'8; Complexion: Florid; Eyes: Blue; Hair: Light; Occupation: Express Messenger; Residence: Pottsville; Date of Discharge: 10/1/1864; Notes: Promoted from Private, Co. G, to Sergeant Major; to 2nd Lieut., Co. C, 9/26/1862, to 1st Lt., Co. C, 6/25/1864; See Company C; Discharged at End of Term; Died: 3/26/1911 in Newberg, PA; Buried: Newburg Cemetery, Newburg, Huntington County, PA                                                                     

Henry C. Honsberger: Date of Enlistment: 9/17/1861; Age at Enlistment: 21; Height: 5’4; Complexion: Dark; Eyes: Blue; Hair: Dark; Occupation: Teacher; Residence: McKeansburg; Date of Discharge: 7/17/1865; Notes: Promoted from Company A, to Sgt. Major; to Adjutant, 12/17/1864; See Company A; Veteran; Died: 12/4/1890.

 

Quartermasters

James Ellis: Date of Enlistment: 10/1/1861; Age at Enlistment: 25; Occupation: Attorney; Residence: Pottsville; Date of Discharge: 12/20/1862; Notes: Resigned on Account of Disability; Possibly: Born: 6/2/1835; Died: 9/17/1897; Buried: Charles Baber Cemetery, Pottsville, PA.

Thomas Bohannon: Date of Enlistment: 8/20/1861; Age at Enlistment: 27; Height: 5'9 ½; Complexion: Light; Eyes: Grey; Hair: Dark; Occupation: Clerk; Residence: New Philadelphia; Date of Discharge: 7/17/1865; Notes: Promoted from 2nd Lt. to 1st Lt., 9/17/1862, Company E; See Company E; Promoted to Quartermaster, 6/23/1865; Veteran; Died: 12/18/1912                                                                           

 

Surgeons

David Minis: Surgeon: Date of Enlistment: 10/1/1861; Age at Enlistment: 30; Residence: Beaver County; Died at Roanoke, North Carolina, N.C., 2/14/1862, of over-exerting himself attending to the wounded

Charles T. Reber: Surgeon: Date of Enlistment: 10/1/1861; Date of Discharge: 2/23/1863; Mustered in as Assistant Surgeon; Promoted to Surgeon, 2/14/1862; Resigned; Born: 1/18/1836; Died: 5/10/1889; Buried Glenwood Cemetery, Shelbyville, IL

William Robert Douglas Blackwood: Surgeon: Date of Enlistment: 4/28/1863; Age at Enlistment: 30; Date of Discharge: 7/17/1865; Notes: Promoted from Assistant Surgeon, 149th PA, to Surgeon, 48th PA, 4/29/1863; Medal-of-Honor Award Recipient for Actions at Petersburg, 4/2/1865; Citation Reads: “Removed severely wounded officers and soldiers from the field while under a heavy fire from the enemy, exposing himself beyond the call of duty, thus furnishing an example of most distinguished gallantry;” Born: 5/12/1838 in Ireland; Died: 4/26/1922 in Philadelphia; Buried: Chelten Hills Cemetery, Philadelphia, PA.

Israel Bushong: Assistant Surgeon: Date of Enlistment: 8/1/1862; Age at Enlistment: 27; Date of Discharge: 9/29/1862; Notes: Resigned; Born: 8/26/1834 in Bird-in-Hand, PA; Died 3/23/1892 in Lancaster County; Buried: Greenwood Cemetery, Lancaster, PA

Curtis P. Herrington: Assistant Surgeon: Date of Enlistment: 9/13/1862; Age at Enlistment: 27; Residence: Montour County; Date of Discharge: 12/4/1863; Notes: Promoted to Surgeon, 138th Pennsylvania, 10/30/1862; Discharged on Account of Physical Disability; Notes: Born: 1836; Died: 1868; Buried: Mount Vernon Cemetery, Riverside, Northumberland County, PA.                    

Alvah Maloney: Assistant Surgeon: Date of Enlistment: 10/22/1861 or 1862; Residence: Montgomery County; Date of Discharge: 12/5/1862; Notes: Resigned                           

James M. Morrison: Assistant Surgeon; Date of Enlistment: 11/29/1862; Age at Enlistment: 24; Residence: Delaware County; Date of Discharge: 8/19/1863; Notes: May have transferred to 48th PA after serving as Asst. Surgeon of 4th PA Cavalry.

John M. Huston: Assistant Surgeon: Date of Enlistment: 3/17/1863; Residence: Westmoreland County; Date of Discharge: 6/25/1863; Notes: Resigned

John B. Culver: Assistant Surgeon; Date of Enlistment: 1/1/1864; Age at Enlistment: 30; Residence: Luzerne County; Date of Discharge: 7/17/1865; Notes: Appointed from civilian life; detailed for special duty with 58th and 21st Massachusetts Infantries; Died: 2/28/1925 in St. Louis, MO; buried Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Saint Louis, MO

 

Eugene Smyser: Assistant Surgeon; Date of Enlistment: 4/8/1864; Age at Enlistment: 21; Residence: Montgomery County; Date of Discharge: 7/17/1865; Notes: Died: 1/27/1916 in Amityville, NY

 

Hospital Stewards

William H. Hardell: Date of Enlistment: 9/11/1861; Age at Enlistment: 22; Height: 5'6; Complexion: Fresh; Eyes: Blue; Hair: Dark; Occupation: Merchant; Residence: Pottsville; Date of Discharge: 7/17/1865; Notes: Promoted from Corporal, Co. G, to Hospital Steward, 9/29/1861; to 2nd Lt., Co. G, 9/15/1864; to 1st Lt. 6/4/1865; See Company G; Veteran; Died: 1/21/1897

Charles B. Evans: Date of Enlistment: 9/21/1861; Age at Enlistment: 22; Height: 5'4 ½; Complexion: Fresh; Eyes: Hazel; Hair: Dark; Occupation: Clerk; Residence: Pottsville; Date of Discharge: 7/17/1865; Notes: Wounded 2nd Bull Run 8/29/1862; Promoted from Cpl. To Sgt. To Hospital Steward, 9/17/1864; See Company G; Veteran; Born: 1839; Died: 12/13/1915 in Pottsville; buried Charles Baber Cemetery, Pottsville, PA

 

Chaplains

Samuel A. Holman: Date of Enlistment: 10/1/1861; Date of Discharge: 1/2/1863; Notes: Resigned

Levi B. Beckley: Date of Enlistment: 4/11/1864; Age at Enlistment: 41; Date of Discharge: 7/17/1865; Notes: Served for 12 years as Methodist Minister before Civil War; Born: 1823; Died: 11/1895 in Schuylkill Haven, PA; Buried: Union Cemetery, Schuylkill Haven, PA.        

 

Sergeant-Majors

David B. Brown: Date of Enlistment: 9/19/1861; Age at Enlistment: 20; Height: 5'7 ½; Complexion: Light; Eyes: Blue; Hair: Light; Occupation: Baker; Residence: Pottsville; Notes: Promoted from Cpl., Co. H, to Sgt. Maj. to 2nd Lt., Co. H, 6/21/1864; See Co. H; Killed at Petersburg, 8/5/1864; Veteran; Buried: Presbyterian Cemetery, Pottsville, PA.

George Farne: Date of Enlistment: 9/21/1861; Age at Enlistment: 19; Height: 5'8 ½; Complexion: Dark; Eyes: Grey; Hair: Light; Occupation: Clerk; Residence: St. Clair; Date of Discharge: 7/17/1865; Notes: Promoted to Cpl. To Sgt., 12/22/1861; to Sgt. Maj., 12/22/1864; to 2nd Lt., Co. G,  6/11/1865; See Co. G; Wounded Spotsylvania, 5/12/1864; Veteran; Born: 1842; Died: 3/21/1919 in Minersville, PA; Buried: Odd Fellows’ Cemetery, St. Clair, PA.            

Jno. Dechant: Date of Enlistment: 10/1/1861; Age at Enlistment: 20; Height: 5'10 ½; Complexion: Dark; Eyes: Grey; Hair: Dark; Occupation: Laborer; Residence: Cressona; Date of Discharge: 7/171865; Notes: Promoted from Sgt., Co. K, 6/16/1865; See Co. K; Veteran; Born: 2/27/1841; Died: 3/23/1901; Buried: Mechanicsburg Cemetery, Mechanicsburg, PA.

 

Quartermaster Sergeants

Alexander S. Bowen: Date of Enlistment: 9/19/1861; Age at Enlistment: 28; Height: 5'3 ¾; Complexion: Dark; Eyes: Brown; Hair: Dark; Occupation: Engineer; Residence: Pottsville; Date of Discharge: 9/30/1864; Notes: Promoted from Quartermaster Sergeant to 2nd Lieutenant, Co. H, 10/11/1861; to 1st Lieutenant 8/28/1863; See Company H; Discharged at End of Term; Born: 10/25/1832; Died: 5/11/1914 in Atchinson, KS; Buried: Mount Vernon Cemetery, Atchinson, KS.

Charles W. Schnerr: Date of Enlistment: 8/20/1861; Age at Enlistment: 19; Height: 5'4 ½; Complexion: Light; Eyes: Blue; Hair: Red; Occupation: Clerk; Residence: Schuylkill Co.; Date of Discharge: 7/17/1865; Notes: Promoted to Sergeant Major; to 2nd Lt., Co. E, 3/16/1864; to Capt. 10/30/1864; See Co. E; Veteran; Died: 6/18/1898

Henry Krebs: Date of Enlistment: 9/21/1861; Age at Enlistment: 20 (?); Height: 6'1; Complexion: Grey; Eyes: Grey; Hair: Dark; Occupation: Farmer; Residence: Pottsville; Date of Discharge: 9/25/1864; Notes: See Co. G; Promoted to Quartermaster Sergeant, 3/17/1864; Discharged to Accept Commission in 35th U.S.C.T., 9/25/1864; Died: 3/18/1914 in Almeda, CA; Buried: San Francisco National Cemetery, San Francisco, CA.                                         

Joseph Gould: Date of Enlistment: 8/19/1861; Age at Enlistment: 21; Height: 5'5 ½; Complexion: Light; Eyes: Blue; Hair: Light; Occupation: Superintendent; Residence: Foster Township; Notes: Promoted from Corporal to Sergeant to Quartermaster Sergeant; See Co. F; Veteran; Born: 4/21/1840; Died: 10/8/1918 in Mt. Carmel, PA; Buried: Mount Carmel Cemetery, Mount Carmel, PA.

 

Commissary Sergeants

J.F. Werner: Date of Enlistment: 9/23/1861; Age at Enlistment: 18; Height: 5'5; Complexion: Dark; Eyes: Brown; Hair: Brown; Occupation: Clerk; Residence: Pottsville; Date of Discharge: 7/17/1865; Notes: Promoted to 2nd Lt., Co. D, 9/12/1864; to Captain, Co. D, 11/28/1864; See Co. D; Veteran; Died: 5/2/1906

J.C. Berger: Date of Enlistment: 10/1/1861; Age at Enlistment: 23; Height: 5'9; Complexion: Dark; Eyes: Grey; Hair: Dark; Occupation: Butcher; Residence: Schuylkill County; Notes: Promoted from Corporal, Co. K, 9/16/1864; See Co. K; Veteran; Born: 1836; Died: 9/22/1918 in Cressona, PA; Buried: Cressona Cemetery, Cressona, PA.

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