Genealogy of the Woodcock Valley

Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania


Co. C of the 53rd PVI - Anthony Beaver's Letter About Gettysburg

Posted on January 26, 2011 at 7:33 PM

Wow!  I just received images of a letter from Anthony Beaver (1832-1899) that he wrote to his father that was dated July 6, 1863.  Anthony was fresh from the Battle of Gettysburg, where many of his friends and relatives were injured serving with Co. C of the 53rd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry.  The letter was shared with me by Joanne Sauter, a great-granddaughter of Anthony Beaver.  The letter chronicles his involvement with burying Matthew G. Isett after the battle.  He had help from locals John McLaughlin and William Shontz.  The exerpt can be seen here:



The letter goes on to name those wounded from his company, including:  Capt. Smith, D. N. Garner, George W. Isett, Andrew Fleck, Oliver Lease/Leas, Samuel W. Gill, Michael McCall, Mathias Quarry, James Rough/Raugh, Jacob Prough, Jacob Magill, Samuel Stains, Daniel Lightner, and Franklin Weaver.


The letter is four pages long and can be viewed in the Beaver Family photo album.


Thank you Joanne, for sharing this piece of your family history with others!  It is a treaure to have something such as this that chronicles what soldiers from the Woodcock Valley encountered at Gettysburg.

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Reply Ron McCall
11:39 AM on March 2, 2011 
Would a family member please provide information on Anthony Beaver after the Gettysburg battle? A McCall family researcher found a source which indicated that Anthony lost an arm in a subsequent battle. Is this correct? And would someone provide information about Anthony's life after the war? Thanks very much!
Reply Deb (Fisher) Riley
10:35 PM on March 6, 2011 
Ron, Joanne Sauter mentioned to me that she had 6 letters that Anthony wrote. She did mention him losing an is a quote from one of her e-mails: "Anthony Beaver lost arm in war so his handwriting changes dramatically in the later letters - but he never mentions his injury. Guess he thought it was "midling serious"." She is referring to some of Anthony's own language that he used in his letter to describe the injuries others received at Gettysburg. I contacted Joanne and asked her if she would respond to your post, but I haven't heard anything more. I have received three of Anthony's six letters.