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First Defenders - First Five Companies

Recruited in Lewistown

Mustered on April 18, 1861, at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Logan Guard of the First Defenders
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The volunteer company of Logan Guards was organized by Major Daniel Eisenbise, inspector of the 2nd brigade, 14th division, Pennsylvania militia. In the month of July, 1858, John B. Selheimer was elected Captain, and commissioned on the 7th of August. The company met for parade and drill about once a month, and participated in volunteer encampments at Lewistown in the fall of 1859, and at Huntingdon in 1860, both under command of Major General Win. H. Kein. It participated in the ceremonies incident to the inauguration of Governor Curtin in January, 1861, and in the reception of Mr. Lincoln, President elect, on the 22nd of February following.

At the close of the three months' service it was re-organized under Captain J. A. Mathews, and re-entered the service in the 46th regiment, Colonel Knipe, for three years, remaining as veterans to the close of the war, and participating in the campaigns of Banks, McClellan, Pope, Burnside, Hooker, and Sherman.

The losses of the company, from all causes, during the war, were one hundred and eleven men; but so well did recruits come forward from the home neighborhood, as they were wanted, that at the close of the war, sixty-eight men and officers were mustered out as veteran volunteers, the rolls showing an aggregate membership of two hundred and forty-seven. The survivors of the organization participated in the flag reception, at Philadelphia, on the 4th of July, 1866, and were assigned to the right of the procession, by Major General Hancock, commanding officer of the day.

John B. Selheimer

First Lieutenant
Thomas M. Hulings

Second Lieutenant
Robert W. Patton

First Sergeant
Joseph A. Mathews

Second Sergeant
Joseph S. Waream

Third Sergeant
Henry A. Eisenbise

Fourth Sergeant
William B. Weber

First Corporal
Elias W. Eisenbise

Second Corporal
Porter P. Butts

Third Corporal
John Nolte

Fourth Corporal
Frederick Hart

Samuel G. McLaughlin
Joseph W. Postlethwait

Alexander, Jesse J.
Burns, James D.
Bowsum, William H.
Benner, William E.
Betts, Robert
Cooper, William R.
Cowden, William
Cole, Emanuel
Comfort, Henry
Cogley, Jeremiah
Comfort, Samuel
D'Armit, Franklin
Dewees, Thomas W.
Elberty, George W.
Eckebarger, James B.
Elberty, W. Asbury
Freeborn, William H.
Fichthorn, Joseph A.
Files, Abraham
Ferrer, Joseph Bingham
Freeborn, George M.
Fessler, Daniel
Fowler, Owen M.
Hart, George
Hughes, John
Hunter, John T.
Henry, James W.
Irwin, William H.
Jones, John W.
Jackson, James M.
Kauffman, John S.
Kinkade, Thomas
Kaiser, Henry F.
Loff, George J.
Langton, John S.
Laub, Charles E.
Link, Elias W.
McEwen, William T.
Mitchell, William G.
McCay, William F.
Marks, Samuel B.
Miller, John S.
Miller, Joseph A.
McKnew, William
Mathews, Robert A.
McKee, John A.
Morton, Robert D.
McLaughlin, Samuel G.
Nelson, William A.
Nelson, Robert
Nurse, Thomas A.
Nail, John A.
Price, James
Printz, Henry
Postlethwait, John M.
Rothrock, Bronson
Rager, James N.
Sterrett, Francis R.
Sterrett, James X.
Sherwood, William
Shull, Chauncey M.
Smith, E. Augustus
Smith, Theodore B.
Scott, Nathaniel W.
Smith, James P.
Stahl, Charles W.
Snyder, George A.
Snyder, Lucien T.
Tice, Gideon M.
Uttly, Thomas M.
Wasson, David
Wentz, Franklin H.
Waters, Gilbert
Weber, David B.
Walters, Henry G.
Wertz, David
White, George
Winterod, Philip
Zeigler, Edwin E.

Source: Bates, Samuel P. (Samuel Penniman), 1827-1902.: History of Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-5; prepared in compliance with acts of the legislature, by Samuel P. Bates.

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