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Free Genealogy Biography of Michael Heiman,
Pennsylvania Volunteer of the Civil War

Michael Heiman

Michael Heiman, son of John and Anna Mary (Hultzler) Heiman, was born in Bavaria, Germany, May 1, 1842. His parents immigrated to America when he was but three years old, settling in Baltimore, where they remained three years, and then removed to York County.

Our subject was one of the first in the county to respond to the call of President Lincoln for volunteers, and on the 19th of April, 1861, he offered his services to protect the property of the Northern Central Railroad between York and Baltimore. April 29, 1861, he enlisted in Company G, Sixteenth Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers16th Regiment, for three months' service, at the expiration of which he re-enlisted in Company B, Eighty-seventh Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, 87th Regiment, for three years' service.

He was engaged in all the battles participated in by the Eighty-seventh Regiment until June 23, 1864, when, at the battle of Petersburg, Va., he was taken prisoner and confined in Libby prison, subsequently being removed and confined in the following prison pens in the South: Belle Island. Danville, Va., thence to Andersonville, Millen, Blackshire, and Thomasville; Ga., and then returned to Andersonville, escaping on his way, about the 23d of December, 1864, and after traveling about two weeks through the swampy land of Irwin and Isabella Counties for about seventy-five miles, was recaptured and taken back to Andersonville.

He again escaped from Andersonville about April 17, 1865. and after enduring great hardships finally reached the Union lines at Macon. Ga., and from thence returned home and was discharged June 19, 1865, at Harrisburg, Penn. Time in service over four years.

He was in Southern prisons from June 23, 1864. until May 2, 1865.

Mr. Heiman has resided in York continually since the war, and is now engaged at shoemaking, 118 East King Street. He is a member of Post No. 37. G. A. R. October, 1867, he was united in marriage with Miss Mary Sowers, of Adams County, Penn. Five children have been born to them: John, Anna C., Henry, William and Erasmus M.

Source: York County, Pennsylvania Biographical History, John Gibson, Chicago: F.A. Battey Publishing Co., 1886.

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