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brave soldier at Wilderness Campaign, Weldon R.R., Cold Harbor, Drainsville, Hatchers Run, Pottersburg, and several others, receiving an honorable discharge June 25, 1865, at Elmira, N.Y. His brother, Burt, served in the late war. Comrade Bender is a G.A.R. member; No 633 Patton, he is a farmer by occupation and his P.O. address is Patton, Pa.


Whose parents, Abram and Sarah (Dively) Bender are deceased, was born in Somerset County, Pa., Jan 24, 1841. He was happily married Sept 1, 1867, in his native county to Malinda Garman. She was born June 10, 1845. Her father, Joseph Garman is deceased as is also her mother, Mary (Rishenbarge) Garman. The record of their children is as follows: William G., Harry S., Ida J., Hattie, dec., Elmer, dec., John P.L., George F., Charles P., and Philip, Jr. In response to a call for volunteers, he responded Oct 20, 1861, when 22 years of age. He was enrolled as corporal in Co G, 54th Pa V.I. and before the close of his service on the field of battle he was made Sergt. June 17, 1864, he was internally wounded at Lynchburg, and at the battle of Winchester received a shell wound in head July 24, 1864. Previous to this he had been confined in Reg't hospital two weeks with fever. In February, 1864, he was furloughed for thirty days and returned to New Market before expiration of time. April 2, 1865 he was captured at Framsville, but was paroled seven days later. February 23, 1864, he was honorably discharged at Patterson Creek, W. Va. And re-enlisted March 11, 1864 at Acqua Creek, Va. In Co. G, 54th Pa. V.I. His Reg't bore conspicuous part in the fierce engagements at North Mt., Back Creek Bridge, Moorefield, Hedgeville, New Market, Piedmont, Lexington, Lynchburg, Snicker's Gap, Winchester, Cedar Creek, Strausburg, Cedar Creek, Deep Bottom, Hatchers Run, Petersburg, and Farmville, receiving an honorable discharge May 31, 1865 at Annapolis, Md. His brothers, Josiah and John were wounded in service. His wife's father was captured and starved to death in rebel prison. His great grandfather served in the Rev War. An uncle, John Garman, served in the Mexican War. Comrade Bender is a laborer and his address is Salix, Pa.


Was born in Somerset Co., Pa., Jan 1, 1838, and was a son of Samuel and Susan (Rhodes) Berkey, deceased. He united his fortunes with Susan Cunningham, in Shelleysburg, Pa. She was

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