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chester, Pa for one month. In the fall of 1863, he was granted a leave of absence of ten days and in February, 1864 was given a veteran's furlough of thirty days, having re-enlisted in February as a veteran. July 10, 1864, sixteen members of his company, led by Capt. McDonald, made an assault on Frederick City, and charged against 300 rebels; out of 16 only 7 returned of which Comrade Bannan was one. In the winter of 1864 he was detailed to guard crossing on Potomac River and spent six weeks in this way. He was honorably discharged July 20, 1865, at Philadelphia, Pa. Comrade Bannan is a member of Sgt Thomas McClosky Post, No. 314, in which he is honored with the office of Sergt-Maj., and his wife is a member of W.R.C. No. 96; he is a coal merchant and resides in Loretto, Pa.


Was born in Westmoreland County, Pa. Sept 12, 1827, and was a son of John and Eliza (Barber) Barber deceased. His wife was born in Lycoming County, Pa and their marriage was consummated Dec 21, 1848 in Clearfield Cty, Pa. She was Elizabeth, daughter of Timothy and Eva Snyder) Lee, deceased. The record of their children is Harriet (married J. G. Pitman), Awilda (married F.W. Dunlap), Augusta (married Sarah Lydie), and William (married Helen Little). Comrade Barber's loyalty to the Stars and Stripes enthused him to enlist August, 1864 at Marion Center, Pa. When 36 years of age as a private in Co. C, 206th Pa V.I., 1st Brig.,3d Div.,10 A.C., afterwards consolidated into the 24th A.C. He did not take part in any regular battles as his regiment was placed on picket duty and also did considerable scouting, skirmishing, guard and garrison duty in front of Richmond. His brother John was a member of 67th Pa. V.I.. Comrade Barber is a prosperous farmer and his address is Glen Campbell, Pa.


Michael and Elizabeth (Sell) Barnhart, no longer living, are the parents of our subject, who was born in Somerset County, Pa., August 1, 1839. Amanda Bowman became his companion on life's journey in Johnstown, Pa., January 18, 1866. She was born in that county Dec. 19, 1844. Her father, Benjamin Bowman is still spared, but her mother, Susan (Berkey), has gone to her reward. Eight children have graced this marriage, Isaac H., William H., Malinda M., Franklin P., Emory E., Gilbert, dec., Mary E., and Laura H. When the war broke out, he responded to the president's call for brave boys to don the blue in defence [sic] of the Stars and Stripes. He was 21 years of age and had

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