62d Pennsylvania Volunteers

Company B: McKee Rifle Cadets (Allegheny County)

62d  Pennsylvania Monument at Gettysburg

Company Origins

The company mustered in on 22 July 1861 having been recruited in Allegheny County, chiefly from Birmingham. Located on the southside of the Monongahela, Birmingham was its own city at the time, not having been annexed into the City of Pittsburgh until 1872. It is now known as South Side. Birmingham was the center of the glass industry for the country, so understandably the most common occupation among both officers and privates was glass blower, with most others in occupation related to the glass industry.

The company was known as the McKee Rifle Cadets. According to an article in the Pittsburgh Press 7 February 1915, the name of the company honored the father of Lt. Samuel A. McKee who "fitted out" the McKee Rifles.

Company Roster

Commissioned and Non-Commissioned Officers

Go to Privates and Musicians

All officers mustered in on 24 July 1861.

Name

Rank(s)

Remarks (All officers mustered in on 24 July 1861, except where noted.)

James W. Patterson

Captain, Major

Mustered in 4 July 1861. Promoted to Major of regiment 15 December 1861. Resigned 10 August 1862 because of ill health.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 42; Occupation: Surveyer; Residence: Allegheny, Pa.; Hair: Dark; Eyes: Hazel; Complexion: Fair; Height: 5'7"

Patterson suffered from “general debility and partial hemiplegia [paralysis on one side of the body]” and was "physically incapable of enduring the fatigue incident to the service.” It is not indicated if the illness was caused by stress, stroke, or something else.

William J. Salisbury

2nd Lieutenant, 1st Lieutenant, Captain

Resigned 20 November 1862.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 26; Occupation: Glass Blower; Residence: Birmingham, Pa.; Hair: Black; Eyes: Gray; Complexion: Dark; Height: 5'10 1/2" Remarks: (Pro. 1st. Lt. 11-18-61 Bates) Pro. to Capt. 1-3-62. Disc. by resignation 11-20-62

Matthew M. Felker

1st Sergeant, 2nd Lieutenant, 1st Lieutenant, Captain

Promoted to Captain 20 November 1862. Without promotion from Captain, Felker commanded the regimentat the siege of Petersburg toward the end of the regiment's three year service. Mustered out with company, 13 July 1864.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 22; Occupation: Caulker; Residence: Birmingham, Pa.; Hair: Auburn; Eyes: Brown; Complexion: Light; Height: 5'10 1/2"

Listed as M.M. Felker in Bates.

After the war M. M. Felker established a lumber company in Pittsburgh in partnership with a Mr. Wilson. "Felker and Wilson" remained a prosperous company, employing as many as 60 people, at least through the turn of the century. It occupied four acres between the Pittsburgh, McKeesport, and Youghiogheny Railroad and the river. After his partner's death, Felker remained the sole proprietor.

Samuel A. McKee
portrait of Samuel A. McKee

1st Lieutenant

Promoted to Captain of Company I, 155th P. V., 23 August 1862. Killed at Petersburg, Va., 16 June 1864, leading a charge upon the outer fortifications. Buried in Allegheny Cemetery, Pittsburgh.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 20; Occupation: Clerk; Residence: Birmingham, Pa.; Hair: Black; Eyes: Black; Complexion: Light; Height: 5'8"

Son of a Mexican War veteran who was captain of a company in the First Regiment, who, I believe was also named Samuel. The son served as an officer in three Civil War regiments, and was honored with a Brevet-Major posthumously. Before he joined the 62d, he was Captain of Company A of the 12th P. V. (a 3 month regiment), which was formed from the Jackson Independent Blues, a military company with roots in both the Mexican War and the War of 1812. According to an article in the Pittsburgh Press 7 February 1915, Samuel A McKee was attending the Kentucky Military Institution in Frankfort, Ky, when the war broke out. Several Captain Samuel McKees fought in the Civil War, including one from Kentucky, so it is possible the newspaper confused the names and was in error.

While the 12th P.V. (3-month) regiment was still in Maryland, McKee must have started serving as 1st Lieutenant of Company B of the 62d. His father not only fitted the McKee Rifles, but he appears to have helped organize the Park Zouaves, the military company that became Company I of the 155th. The McKee family seemed to have connections. The Park Zouaves was named after a steel magnet, James Park, Jr., presumably the company's financier.

Portrait from Under the Maltese cross.

John A. M. Seitz

Sergeant, 1st Sergeant, 2nd Lieutenant, 1st Lieutenant

Commended for his action during the Battle of Gettysburg. Serving as aide-de-camp to Colonel Sweitzer, then commanding the Second Brigade, he was sent to communicate with General Barnes, the Division commander, and rode into the enemy's lines on the Peach Orchard road while trying to reach the last place the general had been seen. His horse was shot from under him, and Seitz barely escaped capture. He was able to return on foot to report to Sweitzer both that the General was not to be found and that the brigade was being surrounded. Mustered out with company, 13 July 1864.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 24; Occupation: Nailer; Residence: Birmingham, Pa.; Hair: Black; Eyes: Black; Complexion: Fair; Height: 5'8 3/4"

Applied for invalid pension, 6 February 1878.

Thomas D McLean

Sergeant, 1st Sergeant

Mustered out with company, 13 July 1864.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 19; Occupation: Mould Maker; Residence: Birmingham, Pa.; Hair: Black; Eyes: Brown; Complexion: Dark; Height: 5'10 1/2" Remarks: Pro. to 1st. Sgt. 2-8-62 to 2nd. Lt. 10-20-62 Exp. of Term.

John Adam Erbe

Sergeant, 1st Sergeant

Mustered out with company, 13 July 1864.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 21; Occupation: Glass Blower; Residence: Birmingham, Pa.; Hair: Brown; Eyes: Brown; Complexion: Light; Height: 5'6"

Died in 1913. Buried in Bethel Cemetery, Pittsburgh.

Henry B. McCurry

Sergeant

Mustered out with company, 13 July 1864.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 33; Occupation: Glass Blower; Residence: Birmingham, Pa.; Hair: Dark; Eyes: Hazel; Complexion: Light; Height: 5'7 1/2" Remarks: A.R. spells last name as McCury.

The 1870 Census for Birmingham lists Henry as a policeman, husband of Margaret and father of nine children, three of whom were born before the war. In the 1890 Veterans Schedule, Margaret A. is listed as widow of Henry B. McCurry.

John M. Conner

Corporal, Sergeant

Mustered out with company, 13 July 1864.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 38; Occupation: Boatman; Residence: Birmingham, Pa.; Hair: Brown; Eyes: Blue; Complexion: Light; Height: 5'8" Remarks: Rolls spell last name as Connor. [card does not include middle initial, indicates that he mustered in as a Pvt., and has no record of promotions]

Died 4 November 1885. Buried in Bethel Cemetery, Pittsburgh.

Peter Beckler

Corporal, Sergeant

Mustered out with company, 13 July 1864.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 28; Occupation: Moulder; Residence: Birmingham, Pa.; Hair: Brown; Eyes: Blue; Complexion: Fair; Height: 5'7" Remarks: (Pro. Sgt. 11-21-62 Bates) Rolls show last name as Brekler.

Robert E Steen

Corporal, Sergeant

Mustered out with company, 13 July 1864.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 20; Occupation: Glass Blower; Residence: Birmingham, Pa.; Hair: Brown; Eyes: Brown; Complexion: Light; Height: 5'8 1/2" Remarks: (Pro. Sgt. 11-15-63 Bates)

William E McKee

Corporal, Sergeant

Captured at Gaines Mills, 27 June 1862, as evidenced by his being listed on register of Prisoners Received at C. S. Prison [Richmond?] on June 27th and 29th, 1862. Mustered out with company, 13 July 1864.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 26; Occupation: Glass Blower; Residence: Birmingham, Pa.; Hair: Brown; Eyes: Blue; Complexion: Light; Height: 5'6 1/4" Remarks: Pro. to Sgt. 2-8-62.

James McCormick

Corporal

Mustered out with company, 13 July 1864.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 20; Occupation: Hostler; Residence: Birmingham, Pa.; Hair: Brown; Eyes: Brown; Complexion: Light; Height: 5'6"

Edward E Miller

Private, Corporal

Wounded at Gaines Mill. Mustered out with company, 13 July 1864.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 21; Occupation: Nailor; Residence: Birmingham, Pa.; Hair: Brown; Eyes: Brown; Complexion: Fair; Height: 5'6" Remarks: (Pro. Corp. 11-22-62 Bates)

Listed among the sick and wounded in a report of Major David McCormick published in the Pennsylvania Daily Telegraph (Harrisburg), 24 July 1862: E. E. Miller, company B, 62d regiment, was wounded in the thigh at Gaines Hill [sic], improving slowly. Residence; Pittsburgh

Thomas McCully

Private, Corporal

Mustered out with company, 13 July 1864.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 18; Occupation: Boatman; Residence: Birmingham, Pa.; Hair: Brown; Eyes: Blue; Complexion: Light; Height: 5'10" Remarks: (Pro. Corp. 11-22-62 Bates)

Actual age at enrollment may have been between 13 and 16, based on 1860 and 1870 Census records.

Michael Baldersberger

Private, Corporal

Mustered out with company, 13 July 1864.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 21; Occupation: Glass Packer; Residence: Birmingham, Pa.; Hair: Light; Eyes: Blue; Complexion: Light; Height: 5'8" Remarks: (Pro. Corp. 11-22-62 Bates)

John W. Bennett

Private, Corporal

Mustered out with company, 13 July 1864.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 25; Occupation: Glass Cutter; Residence: Birmingham, Pa.; Hair: Brown; Eyes: Gray; Complexion: Light; Height: 5'7" Remarks: (Pro. 11-22-62 Bates)

William R. Elliott

Private, Corporal

Mustered out with company, 13 July 1864.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 25; Occupation: Gardner; Residence: Birmingham, Pa.; Hair: Dark; Eyes: Gray; Complexion: Dark; Height: 5'8" Remarks: (Pro. Corp. 3-8-63 Bates)

Thomas Lewis

Private, Corporal

Mustered out with company, 13 July 1864.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 32; Occupation: Glass Blower; Residence: Birmingham, Pa.; Hair: Brown; Eyes: Blue; Complexion: Light; Height: 5'9" Remarks: (Pro. Corp. 4-18-63 Bates)

Lewis married Mary Jane Stinger. They had four children born before the war, one born during the war, and three more after the war. Lewis enlisted while he was living in Birmingham where he was a glass worker. Birmingham was the name, then, of a community on the southside of the Monogahela known for its glass blowing industry. Lewis worked in a glass factory both before and after the war. Lewis died in 1874 of a lung ailment brought on by the war. According to his family, Lewis tried to receive compensation for the illnesses he suffered from the government, but his suit was never successful. He is buried in Allegheny Cemetery, Pittsburgh.

August Pflegharportrait of Col. August Pfleghar

Private, Corporal

Mustered out with company, 13 July 1864.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 19; Occupation: Glass Blower; Residence: Birmingham, Pa.; Hair: Brown; Eyes: Brown; Complexion: Fair; Height: 5'8" Remarks: (Pro. Corp. 6-1-64 Bates) Roll spells last name as Pfleger.

August Pfegher and Private Adam Kunkle, also of Company B, were step brothers. Both were born in Germany. August's father Bernard Pfleghar emigrated from Württemberg with his children and Adam's mother Margaret Kunkel emigrated from Bavaria with her children and possibly her first husband. They met and married after they had settled in the Pittsburgh area.

According to family records, Pflegher enlisted while he was living in Birmingham where he was a glass worker. He moved to Philadelphia after the war and worked in the glass works there. He then married Salome Hause. She was the daughter of Caspar Hause of Company A of the 95th Pennsylvania Volunteers, Infantry. The Pfleghars had five children, all of whom were born in Philadelphia. They then moved to Millville, New Jersey, to a new glass factory. He died in Millville and is buried in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery with his wife.

Portrait of August Pfleghar is from many years after the war. In the larger version of the portrait, he can be seen wearing his GAR medal, which he received circa 1899. Thanks to Michael Carpenter for the portrait and additional information about his "3rd great grandfather."

Jacob Pastorius

Corporal

Discharged on Surgeon's certificate, date unknown.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 30; Occupation: Glass Blower; Residence: Birmingham, Pa.; Hair: Light; Eyes: Brown; Complexion: Light; Height: 5'8" Remarks: (Disc. on S.C. of D. (date unknown) Bates)

Sarah J Pastorius filed a widow's pension in 1905. He was buried in Falls Creek Cemetery. Jefferson County

John Snyder

Corporal

Discharged on Surgeon's certificate, date unknown.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 28; Occupation: Roller; Residence: Birmingham, Pa.; Hair: Light; Eyes: Gray; Complexion: Light; Height: 5'6" Remarks: (Disc. on S.C. of D. (date unknown) Bates)

Died 23 April 1878. Buried in Allegheny Cemetery, Pittsburgh

John Hoffman

Corporal

Died before first battle, 15 December 1861

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 20; Occupation: Moulder; Residence: Birmingham, Pa.; Hair: Sandy; Eyes: Blue; Complexion: Light; Height: 5'5 1/2" Remarks: Died in Hosp. 12-15-61

Thomas D. Jones

Corporal

Killed at Gaines Mill

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age at Enrollment: 30; Occupation: Boiler; Residence: Birmingham, Pa.; Hair: Brown; Eyes: Brown; Complexion: Light; Height: 5'10" Remarks: (Killed at Gaines Mill, Va. 6-27-62 Bates)

Musician

Conrad Dittmere

Mustered in 12 September 1861 at Fort Corcoran, Va. Deserted, date unknown.

Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866: Age: 14; Occupation: Tending Boy; Residence: Birmingham, Pa.; Hair: Light; Eyes: Blue; Complexion: Fair; Height: 5'

Was Conrad actually 6 years old? Charles and Conrad were listed in the 1860 Census for Birmingham as the Pennyslvania born sons of Conrad Detmore, a cabinet maker from Hanover, Germany. According to the census, Charles was 16 but Conrad was only 5 years old the year before they mustered into the 62d. Since there are both a Charles and a Conrad in this family, I believe the two would be brothers, but is possible that, instead, Conrad was the son of Conrad Ditmer, a merchant tailor living in McKeesport. This Conrad was also 5 years old. According to the 1870 Census, the family was living in McKeesport headed by merchant tailor Conrad, now spelled the last name Dittmer. Conrad, the younger, is now 15 and living at home, employed as a laborer. In later censuses, the merchant tailor Conrad Dittmere continues to show up (with inconsistent spellings), but neither of the Conrads who were 5 in 1860 can be positively identified. No Conrad Dittmere, with any of various spellings of the last name, who would have been 14 in September 1861 can be found in any census.

Not on muster-out roll indicates fate had not been determined at the close of the war, at which time these rolls were made out. Those who died before first battle probably were victims of typhoid fever that became rampant during the fall and winter of 1861/62 while the regiment was stationed at Minor's Hill, Va.

The Veteran Reserve Corps, originally called the Invalid Corps, was the military body to which soldiers were transferred when they were not healthy enough to be sent back to their original unit, but not sick or disabled enough to be sent home.

Sources

Bates, Samuel Penniman. History of Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-5. Volume III & VIII. Harrisburg: B. Singerly, state printer, 1869-71. -- available online through University of Michigan's Making of America series.

Under the Maltese cross, Antietam to Appomattox, the Loyal Uprising in Western Pennsylvania, 1861-1865; Campaigns 155th Pennsylvania Regiment, Narrated by the Rank and File. Pittsburg: The 155th Regimental Association, 1910.

Information about burials in Anne Ashley cemetery, Munhall, Pa. is courtesy of researchers John and Linda Asmonga.


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