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a leave of absence for bravery, having captured a 200 pound gun in North Carolina. He was taken prisoner at 2d Bull Run by Jackson's men; was marched on field, was deprived of his clothing and five days later was taken to Belle Isle, enduring all the horrors of that pen. April, 1863, he was honorably discharged at Culpeper, Va., and re-enlisted immediately in old command as a veteran, receiving the usual thirty day furlough. He gallantly faced the enemy in the battles of Aqua Creek, Cedar Mt., Rappahannock Station, Sulpher Springs, Gaines Mills, Manassas Junction, Bull run, south Mt. Antietam, Thoroughfare Gap, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Brandy Station, Gettysburg, Mine run, Wilderness, South Anna River, Spottsylvania, Laural Hill, Philipsburg, North Anna River, Chickamauga, Cold Harbor, Petersburg, Yellow House, Hatcher's Run, Weldon Raid, Five Forks, Apple Jack Raid, Charles City Cross Roads, Appomattox, and several others, receiving an honorable discharge July, 18th at Washington, D.C. His brother Isaiah served in the late war; his wife had three brothers in action, one of whom died in Andersonville prison; his maternal grandfather served in the Revolutionary war. Comrade Stare is a member of Kaylor Post, in which he holds the office of O. D.; he is a miner by occupation and his address is Patton, Pa.


A son of John and Elizabeth (Wykes) Steffy, deceased, was born in Indiana county, Pa., Nov. 25, 1846. He was married July 31, 1866, in this county to Martha Keller, who was born in Brush Valley, Pa., March 9, 1816. Her father, Valentine keller, is deceased, but her mother, Margaret (Bowers), born April 5, 1808, is still living. The children of this marriage are Arwillow, dec., Tabitha, dec., Camoth, Etrulia, dec., and Swartz. Comrade Steffy tendered his services in defence of the Stars and Stripes; he was a farmer boy of 16 years when he was enrolled June, 1863, as a private in Co. E, 2d Bat. Pa. Infantry. January, 1864, he was honorably discharged at Pittsburg, Pa., and re-enlisted in Co. F, 55th Pa. V.I., 2d Brig., 2d Div., 24th A.C. In the following fall he was detailed as sharpshooter in front of Petersburg. After Lee's surrender he was detailed as teamster about three months. He was to the front in the engagements of Bermuda Hundred, Ft. Hell, Cold Harbor, Front of Petersburg, Ft. Harrison, Hatcher's Run and several others, receiving a final honorable discharge August, 1865, at Harrisburg, Pa. He had two brothers in service, John, in 55th Pa., was wounded in Front of Petersburg, and taken prisoner, being confined in Charleston and Libby prisons, and Isaac in 74th Pa. V.I.; his wife had three brother in service, Abednego was captured and died in Andersonville, John was killed at Cold Harbor, and William. Comrade Steffy is a blacksmith by trade and his address is Marion Center, Pa.

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