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states; he had been engaged in farming and was 21 years of age when he was enrolled as a private in Co. B, 49 Pa. V. I. He was taken to hospital from the James River to Baltimore, Md., suffering with dysentery, rheumatism, typhoid fever. He received sunstroke at Seven day's retreat which resulted in fever; he was taken to hospital at Baltimore insensible, where he remained until transferred to Fairplay hospital; he was then taken to Convalescent hospital, Pittsburg. In 1862 he was granted a leave of absence of 10 days, and returned to command at end of time. June 18, 1864, he was captured at Richmond and endured the hardships and privation in Libby prison seven days, and Andersonville, Savannah, Milan, Andersonville, and Black Shear, and then to Thomasville, where he made his escape; he was re-captured by bloodhounds near St. John and taken back to Tallahassee, where he made a second attempt to escape; he was taken back to Andersonville and then to Annapolis, Md. He was on detailed duty several times and faced the enemy at Spottsylvania, Williamsburg, Richmond, Wilderness, and many others; he was honorably discharged July, 1865, at Harrisburg, Pa. His present wife's brothers, James, William and John, all served in Pa. Regt's.; his grandfathers served in the war in the old country. Comrade Bolan is a member of L. T. Potts Post, he is a farmer by occupation and his address is Nicktown, Pa.


Was born in Cambria Co., Pa., May 21, 1835, and was a son of Sebastian and Agatha (Rimstine) Boley, dec. He was united in the bonds of matrimony Feb. 19, 1866, in Cambria Co., Pa., to Catherine Bard, who was born in 1830. Her parents, long ago deceased, were John and Elizabeth (Gardener) Bard. They were the parents of four children, Mary M., Olive, John and Margaret dec. When the war broke out, his heart was with the Northern cause and he entered the Federal army, April 24, 1861, at Chambersburg, Pa.; when 25 years of age as a private in Co. D, 5 Pa. Res. C., and in due time was made 1st Sergt. In 1862 he was wounded in left knee at Fredericksburg, but did not enter hospital. Aug. 19, 1864, he was captured, being held in Libby prison two months, Salisbury eight days and Danville four months. In 1863 he was furloughed for 30 days and again in 1865 for 30 days. His battle record is as follows, 2d Bull Run, Drainsville, Fredericksburg, Antietam, Gettysburg, Wilderness, Spottsylvania, Brandy Station, Five Forks and Siege of Petersburg; he was honorably discharged April, 1865, at Nottaway, C. H. Va. His brothers, Oliver and William were in the service; the latter died of wounds received in action. His wife's

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