He enlisted in Company G of the 1st NJ Cavalry on August 24, 1861. He was wounded at Cedar Creek in October 1864 and had his right arm amputated as a result. According to his eulogy in the Norristown Daily Register, he was taken prisoner at Cedar Creek and ended up in the Andersonville prison camp. Apparently, when he requested a bandage for the stump on his right arm, the infamous commander of the camp, Henry Wirtz, kicked him in the mouth and he lost his two front teeth. Unfortunately, no other record corroborates this account. He was discharged from the army in February of 1865. He died on May 15, 1882 at his Main Street residence here in Norristown. Apparently, he had been a well-known mail carrier between Norristown and Sumneytown.
Location: GAR Plot Section A