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been engaged in farming near Johnstown, Pa., when he enlisted from there as a private in Co. G., 3d Pa. V.I. In the summer of 1861 he was detailed at Chambersburg to work in commissary. He was honorably discharged July 30, 1861,and re-enlisted Aug 20, 1861 in Co. D 54th Pa. V.I. In 1862 he was detailed as a scout; in the spring of 1863 as a wagon master and in 1864 as a horse forayer. In January, 1863 he was obliged to seek hospital care at North Mt., Va., two weeks suffering from pleurisy. In the summer of 1863 he was again confined in hospital at Romney, Va., four weeks with the same disease. In the summer of 1863 he was given a leave of absence for thirty days and in the winter of 1863-4 he was given a leave of absence for fifteen days, returning to duty at the expiration of each. He was again discharged Feb. 23, 1864, and immediately re-enlisted as a veteran in same command. Oct. 19, 1864 he was captured in Cedar Creek, Va., being held in Libby one month and Pemberton three months. With his regiment he faced the enemy at battles of Falling Water, Lexington, Lynchburg, and many skirmishes. His honorable discharge was dated July 15, 1865. His great-grandfather, John Sell, served in the Revolutionary War. Comrade Barnhart is living in retirement and his address is Johnstown, Pa.


Was born in Germany Oct. 23, 1839, and emigrating to this country, settled in Cambria county, Pa. In 1853. His parents, both deceased, were Joseph and Celia (Grumhaultz) Beck. Alice McGuire became his companion on life's journey, July 17, 1866, in Loretto, Pa. She was born there Dec 9, 1848, a daughter of Michael McGuire, dec., and Sarah (Glass), still surviving. Eleven children have graced this union: William, dec., Mary Stella, Walter R., Felix, Jr., Edward J., dec., Sarah H., Charles, dec., Albert B., Joseph, dec., Camilla A., and Ralph G., dec. Comrade Beck's loyalty to the Stars and Stripes enthused him to enlist when 24 years of age as Sergt. In Co. G, 12th Pa. V.C. Jan 2, 1862. He was stricken with malarial fever in June, 1862, but refused to enter the hospital. He was honorably discharged Jan 31, 1864 at Martinsburg, Va., to re-enlist as a veteran at that place, receiving a thirty day furlough. He was actively engaged in the Battles of Antietam, 2d Bull Run, Winchester, and numerous skirmishes. Upon the close of the war he was honorably discharged July 20, 1865 at Winchester, Va. His wife's great-grandfather, Michael McGuire, served as a Captain in the Revolutionary War, and her grandfather, George Glass, served in the War of 1812. Comrade Beck belongs to McCloskey Post, in which he ably holds the office of Q.M.; he has been councilman and constable; he is by occupation a carpenter and his address is Gallitzin, Pa.

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