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Free Genealogy Biography of Edward R. Herr,
Pennsylvania Volunteer of the Civil War

Edward R. Herr

Edward R. Herr was born in Baltimore, Md., July 16, 1846, and is a son of John and Elizabeth (Reinicker) Herr. Mr. Herr's father, a native of Lancaster County, was born January 19, 1806, his mother was born in Baltimore, Md., about 1816. The father of our subject removed to Baltimore at an early age, and engaged in commission business, in which he continued until 1846, when he came to York and was elected president of what was then the York & Cumberland Railway. He remained in active railway life until 1860 when he retired from business. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and one of the most popular railway men of York County. His death occurred February 3, 1876.

At fifteen years of age Mr. Herr enlisted in Company I, Eighty-seventh Pennsylvania Volunteers, 87th Regiment,. He was at the battle of the Wilderness, Spottsylvania, Cold Harbor, Winchester, etc., and was taken prisoner near Bunker Hill, Va., on the retreat from Winchester to Harper's Ferry, and for a short time was in Libby prison also at Belle Isle. He was discharged at York, October 13, 1864.

He was married December 20, 1881, to Miss Emma Landes, a native of York. To this marriage has been born one child, viz.: Reinicker. The maternal grandfather of our subject was George Reinicker, who was born April 31, 1785, and who died September 10, 1805. Mr. Herr is a member of the G. A. R.

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

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