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  • Captain Washington Augustus Mekker, Company F, 6th Regiment PRVC, Wounded At Antietam, Fredericksburg, Wilderness

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    Captain Washington Augustus Meeker - Company F, 6th Reg't., Pennsylvania Reserves.

    Wounded at Antietam

    Wounded at Fredericksburg

    Wounded at the Wilderness

    Meeker was a clerk in Athens, Pennsylvania at 17 years old when he enlisted; and was immediately elected Second Lieutenant in the Northern Invincibles’ of Bradford County.

    Meeker eventually rose to the rank of Captain - at which rank he led his company through the entire war. At the battle of Antietam he was wounded; and again at Fredericksburg where he was shot thru his ankle. It was feared he would lose his leg but luckily amputation was not required. He continued to lead his men into 1864 where at the Battle of Wilderness he was shot thru his lung. Field Surgeon's did not operate on him, leaving him to succumb to his wounds; but again luck would be with him - as he recovered enough that the surgeon’s elected to send him to a hospital in New York, where he recovered. Wilderness was the last time he commanded his company, afterwards he was discharged from the service. For his services he was brevetted Major in 1865. He died in 1879.

    W Augustus Meeker:

    Residence Bradford County PA; an 18 year-old Clerk.

    Enlisted on 4/23/1861 at Bradford County, PA as a 2nd Lieutenant.

    On 4/23/1861 he was commissioned into "F" Co. PA 35th Infantry

    He was discharged (date not stated)

    (Absent wounded at muster out)

    He was listed as:

    * Wounded 5/8/1864 Wilderness, VA


    * Capt 8/1/1862

    * Major 3/13/1865 by Brevet

    He was described at enlistment as:

    5' 6.0", fair complexion, gray eyes, brown hair

    Other Information:

    Born in Bradford County, PA

    Died in Selinsgrove, PA

    (Died age 36.)

    After the War he lived in Owego, NY


    Thirty-fifth Infantry - Cols., W. W. Ricketts, William Sinclair, Wellington H. Ent; Lieut.-Cols., William Penrose, Henry B. McKean, Wellington H. Ent, William D. Dickson; Majs., Henry J.  Madill, Wellington H. Ent, William H. H. Gore.  The 35th, the 6th of the reserves, composed of men from all parts of the state, was ordered with the Kane rifles to Maryland, then to Greencastle, Pa., Washington and Tennallytown.  It was mustered it at Washington for three years on July 27, and at Tennally-town was assigned to the 3d brigade of the reserve corps.  This brigade won the brilliant victory at Dranesville in December and passed an uneventful winter in camp near Langley.  It took part in the strategic movements on the Peninsula in the spring of 1862 and was actively engaged at the second Bull Run, South mountain, Antietam and Fredericksburg, where the losses of the 35th were severe.  It then went into camp near Belle Plain; took part in the "Mud March;" was ordered to Alexandria in Feb., 1863, and to Fairfax Station in March, where it remained until the Gettysburg campaign.  It was closely engaged in that battle, joined in the pursuit of the enemy and the various marches of the army during the autumn, and went into winter quarters at Kettle Run early in December.

    In the spring of 1864 it participated in the engagements of the Wilderness campaign in May and fought its final battle at Bethesda Church After that engagement the regiment started for Harrisburg, where it was mustered out on June II, 1864, the veterans and recruits being transferred to the 191st Pa. Infantry.

    Inventory Number: PRVC 095