He enlisted under the alias 'William Riley' (2).
He was born on 30 April 1841 (3; 7 (23 in 1863)). He was born in New Jersey (7).
When he enlisted, he was a farmer (7).
When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 9-1/8 inches tall, and had a light complexion, blue eyes, and dark hair (7).
He was drafted (1, 6). He enlisted and was mustered into service on 30 July 1863 (1, 6, 7, 8 [30 July]). He served in company K of the 118th Pennsylvania (6, 7, 8). He enlisted for three years, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (7). His service was credited to the Third Congressional District (7).
He was wounded at Peeble's Farm, Virginia, on 30 September 1864 (6).
He mustered out on 10 July 1865 with his company (1, 8). He was a private, in company G (9).
In 1880, a Martin VanMeter was a day laborer, living in Deerfield, Cumberland County, New Jersey (5). He was 42, and had been born in New Jersey (5). He was living by himself (5).
He applied unsuccessfully for a pension on 8 July 1880, from New Jersey (2, 8).
Dennis Clowney obtained a new headstone (4) for him from the Veterans' Administration, and installed it and the GAR flag holder on 2 September 2002.
1 Bates, Samuel Penniman. History of Pennsylvania volunteers, 1861-5. Harrisburg: B. Singerly, state printer, 1869-71. 5 volumes. 'Ninety-first regiment', volume 3, pages 186-233. (In the roster.)
4 new headstone (obtained by Dennis Clowney from the VA) (MARTIN V VANMETER)
5 1880 census extract, from www.familysearch.org, searched 2 June 2003 (citing National Archives film 0775, page 234A) (Martin VanMeter)
6 Bates, Samuel Penniman. History of Pennsylvania volunteers, 1861-5. Harrisburg: B. Singerly, state printer, 1869-71. 5 volumes. 'One hundred and eighteenth regiment', volume 3, page 1341. (In the roster) (William Riley)
7 company G, second descriptive roll, [#119] (William Riley)
9 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (William Riley)