Welcome to "Remembering the 142nd PVI". The purpose of this site is post pictures, information, and the final resting places of this regiment of the American Civil War. It seeks to tell a "bottom up" history, straight from the common soldiers themselves. If you have any information concerning the 142nd, please email me at bmonticue@gmail.com. Thank you and enjoy.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Pvt. Martin Miner, Co. C

Martin Miner was born in Hexebarger, Upper Turkeyfoot Twp, Somerset County, PA on Sept 28, 1840, one of seven children born to John and Sarah (Ansell) Minerd.

Martin enlisted in Co. C, 142nd PA Volunteer Infantry on Aug 12, 1862 and was mustered into service on Aug 25, 1862. After the Battle of Gettysburg, Martin contracted typhoid fever, and was in the hospital for two months. At one point in 1864, Martin was able to visit his cousin Ephraim Miner at Camp Convalescent in Washington, DC. Martin was mustered out with his unit on May 29, 1865 and came back home to Pennsylvania.

In 1867, Martin was married to Amanda Williams, and within a year of being married moved from Somerset County, PA to Normalville, Fayette County, PA, one county to the west. It is here that Martin and Amanda will live out their days with their ten children, eight of whom lived to adulthood.

In the fall of 1915, Martin attended a Civil War veterans reunion in Washington, DC, where he marched in the Grand Review in front of President Woodrow Wilson. Upon returning home on Oct. 1, 1915, Martin Miner collapsed at home and passed away shortly after. Martin and Amanda Miner are buried together in Normalville Cemetery, Fayette County, PA.
A very big thank you to Mark Miner. Information and pictures of Martin Miner, used by permission of Mark Miner. For a very impressive and extensive look at the life of Martin Miner and the entire Minerd-Minard-Miner-Minor family, please see minerd.com.

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