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.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Pvt. Simon Nicola, Co. C

Pvt. Simon Nicola was born in 1841 in Somerset County, PA to John and Mary (Ansell) Nicola. Simon's childhood was spent on the family farm in Upper Turkeyfoot Twp, and the 1860 Federal Census lists his occupation as farmer.

Like many other young men in Upper Turkeyfoot Twp, Simon answered the Union's call to arms. He was mustered into Co. C 142nd PA Infantry on Aug 25, 1862. Regimental records end his record of service as Missing in Action at the Battle of Wilderness.

According to Government records and his mother's pension though, Simon was captured at the Battle of Wilderness on May 5, 1864 and taken to the Prisoner of War camp in Florence, SC. It was there that Simon died on October 25, 1864 and it is there that he was buried.

Below is a picture of the cemetery in Florence, SC where Pvt. Nicola and thousands of other Union Veterans are buried.

A special THANK YOU to Donna D'Agostino for information about Pvt. Nicola

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