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of Martin Pope,
Pennsylvania Volunteer of the Civil War
Martin Van Buren Pope, eldest son of Samuel Pope, was born near Gaddis Mills, on Redstone creek, Fayette county, Pennsylvania, May 26, 1839. He attended the public schools of Dunbar township, walking four miles to the nearest school house.
As a boy and young man he worked at farm labor, continuing until the outbreak of the civil war. He enlisted in September, 1861, in Company E, Eighty-fifth Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, 85th Regiment, and was honorably discharged in February, 1864.
He re-enlisted March 1, 1864, and served until finally mustered out in December, 1865. His earlier service was in the same company and regiment. He fought under McClellan during the Peninsular campaign, and under the other commanders of the Army of the Potomac until the close of the war. The only wound he received was a slight injury in the left hand.
Returning to Fayette county, he entered the employ of the Baltimore & Ohio railroad at Dunbar, continuing serveral years as clerk, and from 1873 to 1879 was station agent at Uniontown. Later he was employed in clerical work at company stores at Youngstown and Lamont, Pennsylvania. For nine years he was engaged in mercantile business in Dunbar under his own name, and has always been a man of energy and good business capacity. He now is living a retired life in Dunbar, where he is noted for having the clearest brain and the best memory of any man of his years in the community. He is a Republican. He married, June 19, 1866, Mary Jane Cameron, born March 8, 1842, died March 11, 1888.
Source: Genealogical and Personal History of Fayette County, John W. Jordan, Lewis Historical Publishing Co., 1912.
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