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The Washington Boys 85th regiment Pa. Volunteers

Article from the Observer newspaper, Oct. 9, 1908, Whole Number 5935,  p. 1:

Survivors of Famous Command to Gather in Washington Today  - First Lieutenant, Co. C., Eighty-fifth Regiment, Penna., Vols. -- Born Washington, PA June 11, 1837 Died, Washington, PA, May 1, 1872 -- 

  One of the Washington Boys who served his country in the gallant 85th regiment Pa. Volunteers, was John W. Acheson.  He was born in the brick house which stands on the south side of East Beau street opposite the Thistle block on June 11, 1837, and died in the old Acheson homestead, now a part of the Washington hospital on May 1, 1872.

  He graduated at Washington college in the class of 1857 and for some time thereafter was professor of Latin in his Alma Mater.  He was mustered into the three months' service  April 25, 1867, as a member of the company commanded by Captain Norton McGiffin.  On November 14, 186_ (1861 ? or 1863?], he enlisted as a private in Co. C. 85th Penna. regiment, was promoted to first sergeant in January, second lieutenant in April and first lieutenant in August of the next year.  He was wounded twice in the battle of Fair Oaks, in the wrist and in the cheek.  In this engagement he was in command of the company in the absence of the captain on account of sickness.

  On February 29, 1864, he was appointed assistant adjutant general with the rank of captain and transferred to the staff of General Absalom Baird.  He was again wounded in the severe battle of Jonesboro and was soon afterward commissioned as major "for meitorious [sic] service during the campaign from Chattanooga to Savannah, and thence through the Carolinas, and for marked and distinguished bravery in the battle of Jonesboro."

  At the close of the war he became a student of medicine and graduated at the University of Pennsylvania March 13, 1868.  For four years he was a successful practitioner in his native town.  Dr. Acheson had a gentle, genial and attractive disposition and was beloved by all who knew him."


Next column, under the same main headline ""Survivors of Famous Command to Gather in Washington Today  - The Men Who Made History In the Stirring Days of the Sixties as they Marched in the Ranks of the 85th Pennsylvania Will Again Tell the Stories of Camp and Field -- Prominent Men To Make Addresses ---

  The 36th annual reunion of the 85th regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers, will be held in the Town hall today, beginning at 10 o'clock and three sessions will be held, concluding with a public campfire tonight at which prominent speakers will take part.  All arrangements for the reunion are completed and the old veterans expect to have a most enjoyable day.

  The 85th is one of Washington county's own commands, and many of her sons wore the blue under its flag.  A large number of the survivors of the regiment reside here and are keenly interested in the coming meeting of their old comrades-in-arms.  Washington people should turn out to give the old soldiers a warm welcome.

  Among the local members of the regiment are A. W. Pollock, Boyd Crumrine, M. Sharp, Henry McCallister, Joseph Brownlee, and Daniel Martin, John Neill, James F. Speer, of Canonsburg; Owen Turner, of Houston; Matthew Templeton, of North Strabane; John Patterson and John B. Bell, of Peters, were also members of this command.

  T. K. Fulton, of Canton, O., a member of the Fulton brothers, of North Strabane township, belonged to company A, but a card from him states that he will be unable to come to the reunion because of ill health.  A. McGill, who was a fifer in Company B, also lives in Canton, but will not be present at the reunion.

  Major General Robert P. Hughes, U. S. A., retired, a former officer of the regiment and a native of this county, has been invited to attend, but has not signified whether he will be here.

  Henry McCallister, of Washington, was the youngest member of the regiment at the time of his enlistment, being then 15 years and three months of age.  He and his father enlisted the same day and in the same company.  His father has been dead for several years. 


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