Name Austin Michael Neagle
Rank Private
Residence Wyalusing, Bradford Co., PA
School Wyalusing Area
Hobbies 4-H (Reserve Grand Champion, 2013), hunting, football, boating
Experience 6 mos. reenacting with Co. A, 143rd PVI, 8 years living history
Personal Comment Why do I reenact? I have been portraying members of Co. A, 143rd PVI since I was 5 yrs. old. I do this in loving memory of my grandfather, Rick Matthews, who portrayed Michael O'Brien. I have been interested in Civil War History since I was a small child. Being able to bring our local history to life is educational and it's a lot of fun camping. I learn a lot from my Captain and the rest of my pards.
Persona John Philip Saums, Co. A, 143rd PVI
(Spelled Sanns on most records)
My GGG-granduncle
Born 2 Dec 1837 in Luzerne Co., PA
Died 28 Feb 1917 in Illinois
Buried in Pisgah Cemetery, Lawrence Co., IL
Service Record Enlisted as a Corporal in Co. A, 143rd PA Inf. Reg't. on 26 August 1862
Wounded, Shot in the jaw
Discharged on 07 Feb 1865 because of wounds received in action
John P. Saums (back right)
John P. Saums and wife Lucy John-Phillip-Saum-and-wife-Lucy-Stemmets Saums-PHOTO

John Philip Saums served in the Civil War. On 11 August 1862, John enlisted in the 143rd Pennsylvania Volunteers for three years or the duration of the conflict. He was assigned to Company A and it appears from the records that he remained in that company during his service. The regiment proceeded to Washington where it was engaged in the defense of the city and in preparation for action against the enemy. It was ordered to the front in February 1863 and was assigned to the Second Brigade, Third Division, First Corps. The prison of war records show John Saums, Private, was captured at Gettysburg on July 1, 1863. Students of the Civil War will remember that the 143rd was among the first to contact the Confederates on this first day of the 3-day battle. There is no clue as to how he was released, but the November Muster Roll again shows him “present” for duty. On May 11, 1864, Corporal John Saums was admitted to the hospital at Emory (Ward B, bed 44) for” Gunshot wound of lower jaw. The (Minnie) ball passed directly through from left to right producing double fracture.” The Medical Descriptive List for that day states that the treatment was “water dressing” and a low diet. On 20 February 1865, he was issued a Certificate of Disability for Discharge. It is likely he was furloughed during these nine months of hospital stay, but no record of that has been found.

John and his brother George came to Lawrence County in 1870. A family story from Luzelle Lyons says they moved in covered wagons.

 Lucy Ann died in September 1880 of typhoid fever (as did her sister, Elizabeth) and is buried in Zion Cemetery, south and west of Lawrenceville. On Oct. 2, 1881, he married Sarah King (9-25-1837 to 10-12-1881) the widow of William King, a neighboring farmer. Sarah died from pneumonia 10 days after the marriage and is buried at Zion Cemetery. On Sept 6, 1883, he was united in marriage with Martha Litherland.  He and his 3rd wife, Martha are buried in Pisgah Cemetery, south of Bridgeport, IL.

Obituary, "Bridgeport Leader" - Death of John P. Saums. One of Lawrence County's Pioneers and Highly Respected Citizen Passed Away. Mr. John P. Saums, an aged and most honored and esteemed citizen of the Pisgah neighborhood died at his home on Wednesday, February the 28th after several months of intense suffering from cancer of the stomach. The deceased is better known to many of the people of this county than he is to the writer, but we have never heard aught but words of highest commendation and praise of the life he lived and the good deeds that he performed. He was a man greatly loved and admired for his splendid Christian life.

The following brief sketch of his life was read at the funeral: John P. Saums was born in Newport, Lucerne County, PA., December the 2nd 1838. He was married to Lucy A. Stamets, November 1st, 1857. To this union were born seven children, five boys and two girls. Four boys and one girl are still living, viz: Alpheus, of Jackson, Miss.; J. W. of Houston, Tex; Anning of Kansas City; Chas of Bridgeport, and Mrs. Lizzie Lyons of St. Francisville. One boy died in infancy and Emma Hall died in woman-hood. The wife died in 1880 and Mr. Saums was married to Mrs. Sarah King in 1881, who lived only ten days from date of marriage. He was again married to Martha Litherland, September 6, 1883. To this union three children were born, Vada Bardon, David P., and Mary L.--the last two having preceded him to the grave. On the first day of August the deceased enlisted in the U. S. service and was assigned as corporal in Company A, 143rd Regiment of Pennsylvania and was honorably discharged February 20th 1895 [1865?] because of disability. Before coming to the state of Illinois, he belonged to the German Reform Church and after locating here, he united with the Pisgah Presbyterian Church and has been an earnest, devoted, peace loving Christian during this entire period. Brother Saums was a member of the G. A. R. Post at Bridgeport and was also a member of the Masonic order of the same place. He died at his home February 28th, 1917, aged 79 years, 2 months and 26 days.

Cemeteries of Lawrence County Illinois

Pisgah Cemetery, p. 573 John P. Saums 1836-1917 and Martha E. Saums 1849-1929

Zion Cemetery, p. 893 Lucy O. Saums w/of John 18 Sep 1880 40y 4m 23d

“The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.”

Sarah Saums w/of John 12 Oct 1881 44y 17d

“How soon alas our brightest prospects fail, as Autumn leaves before the driving gate”

2015 Officers

Ted Nafus Sr.

Mike Hogan

April Nafus

Scott Mecca

Mike Donahue

Bruce Geiger

Company A Leadership

Ted Nafus Sr.
Provost Marshal

Peter Wolf Cangemi

Jim Hummer
1st Lieutenant

Bruce Geiger
Quartermaster Sgt.

Ted Nafus Jr.
1st Sergeant

Michael Donahue
1st Lieutenant

Jesse Holzman
Senior Private

Union Volunteers Leadership

Frank Ruiz, Sr.

Frank Ruiz, Jr.
Lt. Colonel

Courtney Abel

Jerry Bergeron
Chief of Artillery

Ken Jansen
Chief of Cavalry

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