Jacob Freas

BirthApril 21, 1839
DeathNov. 6, 1878
CemeteryMount Hope (Beaver City)
PostFreas (Beaver City)
Unit105th Pennsylvania Infantry, Co G

Captain Jacob Freas

Company G, 105th Pennsylvania Infantry

Freas was born in Pennsylvania on April 21, 1839. He was living in Jefferson County, Pennsylvania when he enlisted and mustered in the regiment on October 25, 1861. Freas served about 45 months before being mustered out on July 11, 1865 at Washington DC. He enlisted as a sergeant and was promoted to first sergeant on December 20, 1863. Freas was commissioned as a 1st lieutenant on November 26, 1864 and to captain on January 7, 1865.

The 105th Pennsylvania Infantry was organized at Pittsburg on September 9, 1861. The unit was involved in many major battles and campaigns during the War. The regiment lost 14 officers and 231 enlisted men in combat. In addition, 1 officer and 139 enlisted men died due to disease. The total loss was 384 men. Some of the major battles were:

Battle of Malvern Hill (VA) (July 1, 1862).

Battle of Fredericksburg (VA) (December 12-15, 1862).

Battle of Chancellorsville (VA) (May 1-5, 1863).

Battle of Gettysburg (PA) (July 1-3, 1863). Casualties were 11 killed, 37 wounded, and 1 captured.

Battle of the Wilderness (VA) (May 5-7, 1864). Casualties were 33 killed, 51 wounded, and 4 captured.

Battle of Spottsylvania Court House (VA) (May 8-12, 1864).

Battle of Cold Harbor (VA) (June 1-12, 1864).

Siege of Petersburg (VA) (June 16, 1864-April 2, 1865).

Appomattox Campaign (VA) (March 28-April 9, 1865).

At Appomattox Court House when General Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia (VA) (April 9, 1865).

Grand Review of the Troops (Washington DC) (May 23, 1865).

Freas died on November 6, 1878. He is buried in the Mount Hope Cemetery in Beaver City (Furnas County), Nebraska. The Freas Post (#163) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Beaver City is named for him.

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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.