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HISTORY OF CAMBRIA COUNTY. 493
officer and commanded the Third Brigade, Third Division. He also commanded the Fifty-fourth Regiment at the battles of Cedar Creek and Fisher's Hill, under Major-General Sheridan. Captain Suter was a gallant officer and a superb tactician, and for these and other gentlemanly qualities Major-General George Crook, under whom he served, gave him this document:
Headquarters Department West Virginia,
Cumberland, Md., Feb. 3, 1865.
His Excellency A. G. Curtin,
    Governor of Penna.
    Governor: I take pleasure in recommending to your consideration John Suter, late Captain Co. A. 54th Penna. Vol., who served under my command through the entire campaign in the Shenandoah--commanding his regiment at the battles of Opequon, Fisher's Hill and Cedar Creek.
    He is worthy and a gallant officer. I commend him to your Excellency. Any position you may see fit to give will be worthily bestowed.
  I am, governor, very respectfully,
Your obedient servant,
George Crook,
Maj-Gen. Comm'g.
    Captain Suter was honorably discharged on the expiration of his enlistment, December 15, 1864, and at the solicitation of Andrew Carnegie, who was then superintendent of the Pittsburg Division of the Pennsylvania railroad, he entered the trainmaster's office in February, 1865, and in October following was appointed chief operator of the telegraph department of that division, where he served until his death. He was connected with the New Jerusalem church of Allegheny City, Pennsylvania, and a member of McPherson Post No. 117, Grand Army of the Republic, at Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. In view of his fidelity to his country and the railroad company, he assumed a prominent part in the suppression of the revolution in Pittsburg, known as the Railroad Riots, in July, 1877, which was the most trying incident of his life. The horrible acts and scenes which he saw and passed through produced a partial collapse of his mind, which caused his death. For further military particulars, see the history of the Fifty-fourth Regiment and other military organizations from Cambria county, and the graphic war letters of Captain Suter in another volume of this work. Also in the Century edition of the "Battles and Leaders of the Civil War," Volume 4, pages 489 and 531, and elsewhere therein.

    DAVID DIBERT, prominently identified with important business interests of Johnstown before the flood of 1889, was descended from a French family by the name of De Bert. Huguenots in religion at the time of the revocation of the Edict of Nantes, they escaped persecution by taking refuge in Holland where the family name took the form of Dybird. They


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