William R. Vandergrift papers  1855-1857, 1862-1863
full text File Size: 10 K bytes | Add this to my bookbag

Biography

Vandergrift, Lewis R.

Rank : Private; Corporal (1863 May 1); Sergeant (1863 November 1)

Regiment : 118th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment. Co. B (1862-1865)

Service : 1862 August 13-1865 June 1

Sharp, Joseph Hill

Rank : Private

Regiment : 23rd Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment. Co. B (1862-1864)

Service : 1861 August 9-1864 September 4

William R. Vandergrift, a builder and woodworker, in Bristol, Bucks Co., Pa., delayed entering military service during the Civil War long enough to make himself vulnerable to being drafted. Late in July, 1863, his number came up, but Vandergrift, loath to serve for unstated reasons, purchased a substitute and remained at home, presumably safe and sound. Meanwhile, his brother, Lewis, was serving in the army, rising through the ranks to 1st Sergeant of Co. B, 118th Pennsylvania Infantry, and his cousin, Joseph Hill Sharp, served as a private of Co. B of Birney's Zouaves, the 23rd Pennsylvania Infantry, until his wounding at Cold Harbor and discharge for disability three months later.