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Recruited in Pottsville

Mustered on April 18, 1861, at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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Organized in the summer of 1831, the National Light Infantry was commanded, successively, by Captains Dean, Shoenfelter, Beard, Bland, Pott, and McDonald. The interest in the organization, which had, for a time, been impaired, was revived under the skillful management of Captain Frank Pott, and the outbreak of the rebellion found the company in efficient training under Captain McDonald.

Its organization was continued after the three months' term of service had expired, and became company "A" of the 96th veteran regiment.

Edmund McDonald

First Lieutenant
James Russell

Second Lieutenant
Henry L. Cake
Louis J. Martin

First Sergeant
Lamar S. Hay

Second Sergeant
Abram McIntyre

Third Sergeant
William F. Huntzinger

Fourth Sergeant
George G. Boyer

First Corporal
Ernst A. Sauerbrey

Second Corporal
Charles C. Russell

Third Corporal
Edward Moran

Fourth Corporal
Frederick W. Conrad

Quartermaster Sergeant
D. D. Downey

Bull, Thomas G.
Buckley, William
Burrows, John
Bast, Jacob
Barlett, B. F.
Benedict, John E.
Bodafield, John
Beidleman, William A.
Becker, William
Britton, William
Carroll, William
Curtin, Patrick
Christian, William A.
Dampman, J. J.
Deiner, John P.
Dooley, John
De Coursey, George
Deitrich, Jeremiah
Donegan, John  
Donegan, James
Evans, James  
Eppinger, John
Ellrich, Ernst T.
Eberle, David
Forseman, Amos
Foren, Michael
Foley, Edmund
Garrett, William F.
Garber, George W.
Garrett, Charles F.
Good, Uriah
Gehring, Henry
Gloss, Levi   
Goodyear, M.
Hughes, James M.
Houck, Thomas G.
Hoffman, Charles P.
Hauser, Herman
Hanley, Frank
Howard, David
Hartman, John
Hodgson, William H.
Howell, John M. 
Irving, William
Johnson, Joseph
Lambert, Enoch
Lashorn, William M.
Lipman, Anthony
Lerch, George A.
Larkin, Michael
Manayan, Lawrence
Marshall, James
McDonald, James E.
McCabe, Edward
McCool, J. Addison
McGinnes, James P.
Madara, William
Mennig, George W.
Neis, Henry C.
Parker, Thomas H.
Pugh, William
Quinn, Henry
Rauch, John
Rich, Jonas M.
Redkey, Charles J., Jr.
Richards, M. Edgar
Roberts, William R.
Simpson, John T.
Smith, James R.
Shoey, Jacob
Stodd, John
Schmidt, John
Smith, Alexander
Schoener, Franklin A.
Smith, Terrence
Saylor, Emanuel
Schertle, George
Thomas, Edward
Troy, Ira
Trifoos, Elias B.
Umberhauer, C. F.
Walker, Mark
Wenrich, Frank
Weber, Louis
Weber, Charles
Weller, William
Womelsdorf, John P.
Yerger, Henry

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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