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In a message dated 5/16/2009 7:37:05 PM Eastern Standard Time, writes:
I have attached info extracted from military and pension records of James McNeal a Civil War soldier from Towanda.
Best regards,
John Bond, Jacksonville, FL

Civil War Soldier James McNEAL

James McNeal (1829-ca1899) of Towanda served in the Civil War as a Private in Company H, 57th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry.  Enlisted 29 Aug 1862 at Towanda, age 34, farmer, gray eyes, brown hair light complexion, height 5 ft. 51/2 in.
From military record:
Sep 1862-Mar 1863 present
Apr – Aug 1863 absent on sick furlough since 1 Apr 1863
31 Aug 1863 placed on deserter list, did not return from furlough
Sep – Dec 1863 on deserter list
22 Dec 1863 returned to duty
Jan – Apr 1864 present
5 May 1864 wounded during Battle of the Wilderness
14 Aug 1864 wounded at Deep Bottom, VA
Nov 1864-May 1865 present
31 May 1865 discharged.
From pension record 116085:
14 Jul 1866 Claim for Invalid Pension filed at Burlington, Bradford Co. PA, age 37, enlisted 29 Aug 1862, discharged 31 May 1865, wounded at battle of wilderness right hand lost little finger; to hospital in York, PA; wounded 14 or 15 Aug at Deep Bottom gunshot to hip or buttocks; to Satterlee hospital in Philadelphia until Nov 1864; returned to regiment and remained until discharged. Witnessed by Nathaniel McNeal and Weston Russell both of Burlington.
5 Jul 1870 statement by D. W. Gore of  Waverly, NY late Capt. Co. A, 57th PVI.
16 May 1870 Declaration for an Invalid Pension, age 42, resident of Towanda, lost little finger of right hand and suffered wound to buttocks.
3 Apr 1879 statement of disability filed at Tipton, Moniteau Co., MO, age 51, unable to perform manual labor for past 3 years, resident of Morgan Co., MO, Charles McNeal, brother, lives 11/2 miles from James.
18 Mar 1882 statement for increase in pension, age 54, resident of Morgan Co., left leg almost useless due to war wound.
10 Oct 1887 statement for increase in pension, age 59, unable to do manual labor due to injury to left hip and leg, resident of Morgan Co.
14 Jan 1890 General Affidavit re claim for increase in pension by E. Bennett, age 44, of Syracuse, Morgan Co. and Charles McNeal, age 59, of Morgan Co.
15 Jan 1898 stated in response to circular that he married Mary J. Wiggins.
31 Jan 1900 report of death of pensioner, date not given, last paid $17.00 to 4 Nov 1899.
Information abstracted from military and pension records by John R. Bond of Jacksonville, FL.
The following was posted on the McNeal Family Genealogy Forum by Hal McNeal of Boonville, MO on 4 Jul 2007:
James McNeal was the son of William “Billy” McNeal of North Towanda area, Bradford county Pa.  After the Civil War he traveled to Missouri with his wife and son to live near his brother Charles.  He is buried at Olive Branch Cemetery in Syracuse, Missouri.  He now has a tombstone given by our country due to his service in the War Between the States.  That stone has been set in place.  His wife and son are buried next to him but they have no stone. His direct line still live in the Missouri area around Syracuse and in Western Missouri…it’s been a long time coming but in some circles… it’s not where you start but where you finish.
(2009 update. The graves of Mary Jane (Wiggins) McNeal and George McNeal now have markers. JRB)

Civil War Soldier Francis McNeal
Francis McNeal, son of William and Susan (Bailey) McNeal, was born 30 Apr 1843 in Burlington, Bradford Co., PA and died 4 Mar 1926 in Watkins, Schuyler Co., NY.  He served in the Civil War as a Private in Company B, 210th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry from Sep 1864 to May 1865.  Enlisted at Towanda, age 21, height 5 ft. 41/2 in., dark complexion, blue eyes, dark brown hair, a farmer.  Discharged at Arlington Heights, VA.  According to his pension record he married (1) Sarah Jane Hemenway, 26 Mar 1867 and (2)  Annis Ann Avery, 13 Feb 1895 in Ashland, Chemung Co., NY.  (Other records  indicate that Francis also married Susan (Barrett) Parker on 15 Aug 1894; Lucy Ruth Ribble of Tioga Center, NY on 23 Mar 1916; and Eva McCulley of Troy, PA on 30 Nov 1919.)  In response to pension office circulars in 1898 and 1915 he said his children were Mary E., born 3 Jan 1869 (or 68); Emma E., born 26 Aug 1873; Alice A., born 20 Apr 1875 (or 76); and Clara Maude, born 25 Apr 1877 (or 78).
Affidavits filed by Lewis White, 35, of Canton, 3 Dec 1890; Israel Carl, 59, of Towanda, 5 Jan 1891; Weston Russell, 61, of Towanda, 26 Aug 1902; Charles Alexander, 71, of Mountain Lake, 26 Aug 1902; Myron W. Coolbaugh, of Towanda, 30 Aug 1902; Ebineezer Bragen, 57, of Ellis Hollow, 5 Sep 1902; Henry Balmer, 38, of South Creek, 22 Sep 1902; and James Blodgett, 48, of South Creek, 22 Sep 1902 all attested to Francis’ poor health due to piles and rheumatism dating from the raid on the Weldon (NC) railroad in November of 1864.
(Abstracted from pension record 511637 by John R. Bond, Jacksonville, FL.) 

Civil War Soldier John McNeal
John McNeal, son of William and Susan (Bailey) McNeal of Towanda, was born in 1839 in Bradford County and died 7 Jun 1900 in New Albany.  He married Abbie A. Bennett (1844-1923) on 24 Aug 1866.  He served in the Civil War as a Private in Company D, of the 141st Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry.  The following from pension record 311794:
Enrolled 5 Aug 1862 at Bradford Co. PA for 3 years.  Discharged 2 Mar 1863 at St. Josephs USA General Hospital, Philadelphia, PA due to chronic disease of the liver with ascites; age 24, height 5 ft. 51/2 in., dark complexion, black eyes, black hair, a farmer.
Statement on Declaration For Original Invalid Pension on 20 Dec 1879:  “They were left out three days in a hard rain storm without blankets nor tents, which he believes to be the cause of said attack of fever and while convalescing of said fever he was attacked severely with rheumatism from which he has never recovered.”
Affidavits by:  J. P. Sterigere and M. M. Hall, both of New Albany, 27 Jun 1900; G. B. Mills of North Towanda, 3 Jul 1900; Almira and Elida Boston of New Albany, 5 Jul 1900; and Dr. W. T. Harshbarger of New Albany, 7 Jul and !3 Dec 1900.
(Abstract of pension record by John R. Bond, Jacksonville, FL.)
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