Genealogy of the Woodcock Valley

Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania


Matthew G. Isett GAR Post in Marklesburg, PA

Posted on December 30, 2010 at 11:01 AM

While doing some research today on Matthew G. Isett (1838-1863), who was killed at Gettysburg, I discovered that there was a GAR post named after him in Marklesburg, Huntingdon Co., PA in his hometown.  The post was number 635 and was called the Matthew G. Isett post. I was wondering if anyone knows more about this GAR post.  How long was it operational?  Where were meetings held?  Are there any artifacts still existing from this post?  Any additional information would be greatly appreciated!


Through more internet searches, I was able to find out that the following people were involved from 1904-1905

Jacob Auman, P. C.

George C. Bair

A. B. Garner, S. V. C.


In 1905-1906:

Jacob Auman, P. C.

George I. Wallace

Samuel Hetrick


In 1909-1910:

A. H. Crum, P. C. (Allison H. Crum)

A. B. Garner, Representative

G. T. Wallace, Alternate



You can visit the origianl document I found at the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War


P. C. = Post Commander

S. V. C. = Senior Vice Commander



P. S. - After I posted the above blog, site member Jeff Launtz posted photos of a postcard from this GAR in the "Local Correspondence" photo album:


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Reply jeff Launtz
9:51 PM on January 21, 2011 
I have a post card, mailed from James Creek ,Pa dated May 24,1910.It invites "Patriotic Friends" to a merorial day service.It is signed(printed) Mathew G. Isett, Post GAR, dept.of Penna
Reply Deb (Fisher) Riley
8:09 PM on January 22, 2011 
Wow, Jeff, that's really neat! It's great to know there are items from the post still in existence.
Reply Joanne
10:31 AM on January 25, 2011 
I just came across some letters written by my great grandfather, and he specifically wrote about Matthew G. Isett with regard to battle of Gettysburg. He was also at this battle. He wrote that most of the wounded had to be left on the field. "At the present time Matthew G. Isett was shot through his right leg above the knee it was badly smashed up he was brought part of the way off the battlefield but had to leave him. July 4, I for one went on battlefield and found him dead his money and watch was taken . We carried him inside of our lines a distance of a half mile and buryed him on Michael Fry's farm. "
Reply Deb (Fisher) Riley
1:27 PM on January 26, 2011 
Joanne, the details in Anthony Beaver's letter just sends chills up my spine! What a treasure you have in those Civil War letters. I will be trying to find Michael Fry's farm on my next trip to Gettysburg. I wonder where Matthew Isett was actually shot on the battlefield?
Reply Deb (Fisher) Riley
9:18 PM on January 27, 2011 
Jeff, thanks for posting pictures of your postcard in the Local Correspondence photo album. They are awesome!