|Birth||Nov. 7, 1843|
|Death||March 3, 1933|
|Unit||148th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company A|
Private Samuel Strayer
Company A, 148th Pennsylvania Infantry
Strayer was born in Pennsylvania on November 7, 1843. He was residing in Wolfs Store, Pennsylvania when he enlisted in the regiment on August 22, 1862. Strayer was mustered on August 25, 1862. He served about 33 months before being mustered out on June 1, 1865 at Alexandria, Virginia.
The 148th Pennsylvania Infantry was organized and mustered at Harrisburg on September 8, 1862. During Strayer’s enlistment, the regiment was involved in many major battles and campaigns. Some of them include:
Battle of Chancellorsville (VA) (May 1-5, 1863). Regimental losses were 34 killed, 94 wounded, and 4 were taken prisoner.
Battle of Gettysburg (PA) (July 1-3, 1863). Regimental losses were 15 killed, 77 were wounded, and 4 were taken prisoner.
Battle of the Wilderness (VA) (May 5-7, 1864).
Battle of Spottsylvania Court House (May 8-21, 1864). Regimental losses were 37 killed, 165 were wounded, and 25 were taken prisoner.
Battle of Cold Harbor (VA) (June 1-12, 1864).
Siege of Petersburg (VA) (June 16, 1864 to April 2, 1865).
Appomattox Campaign (VA) (March 28-April 9, 1865).
At Appomattox Court House (VA) when General Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia (April 9, 1865).
Grand Review of the Troops (Washington DC) (May 23, 1865).
The regiment suffered heavy casualties during the Civil War. The unit lost 12 officers and 198 enlisted men in combat actions. In addition, four (4) officers and 183 enlisted men died due to disease. The entire loss was 397 men during the War.
Strayer died on March 3, 1933 at the age of 89 years. He is buried in the Shickley Cemetery in Shickley (Fillmore County), Nebraska. At the time of his death, he was the last member of the Shickley Post (#151) of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) in Shickley. In addition, he was a member of the Wilson Post (#22) of the GAR in Geneva, Nebraska.
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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.