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PRESIDENTS, SOLDIERS, STATESMEN. 1203

the latter died at Camp Reynolds of measles; his grandfather, John Byers, served in the war of 1812, and his wife's grandfather served in same war. Comrade Byers is engaged in farming and his postoffice address is Indiana, Pa.

GEORGE W. CASSIDY

Was born in Blair county, Pa., Nov. 25, 1836, and was a son of Robert and Mary (Dotson) Cassidy, long ago deceased. In 1874 he united his fortunes for life with Bridget Flannigan, in Blair Co., Pa. She was born in Cambria Co., Pa., and was a daughter of Michael and Isabelle (McMullen) Flannigan, deceased. To this marriage were given George R. and John Wilford. Comrade Cassidy is a veteran of the late war and served his country as Sergt. In 191st Pa. I., having been enrolled in 1861. He was wounded at Fredericksburg by fragment of shell in ankle, but did not enter hospital. He was detailed as provost guard a short time. He was honorably discharged August, 1861, at Baltimore, Md., and re-enlisted in same command. His regiment bore conspicuous part in the fierce engagements of 1st Bull Run, 2d Bull Run, Fredericksburg, seven day's fight before Richmond, Weldon R. R., Chantilly, Chancellorsville, South Mt., Antietam, Gettysburg, Spottsylvania, Laurel Hill, Cedar Creek, North Anna River, South Anna River, Culpeper, Wilderness and several others, receiving an honorable discharge at Petersburg, Va., in 1865. His brothers, Samuel, Wm. and James, and his father, served in the late war; his wife's brothers, Peter, Francis, Gust and Harry, also served in the late war; his grandfathers served in the war of 1812. Comrade Cassidy is a member of G. A. R. Post, No. 633; his occupation is that of a farmer and his address is Patton, Pa.

SAMUEL CLOSSIN.

The subject of this sketch was born May 25, 1837, in Blair county, Pa., and was a son of John and Catherine Clossin, deceased. He united his fortunes for life with Elizabeth Dickson in Tyrone, Pa. She was born of parents, James and Catherine (Conrod) Dickson, long ago deceased. The offspring of this marriage is nine children, Wm., dec., Harry, Grant, Catherine, Anna, dec., John, dec., Samuel, Elmer and Robert. Comrade Clossin offered his services to his country's needs June 2, 1864, being then 27 years of age. He was enrolled from Tyrone, Pa., as a private in Co. E, 49th Pa. V. I., 3d Brig., 1st Div., 6th A. C. In the spring of 1865 he was detailed at Petersburg as blacksmith for three months, he was also detailed in that capacity near Washington, D.C., two weeks. He took part in the battles of Win-


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