98th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment

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Soldier's Notes


Private Paul Link, Company H, enlisted on November 6, 1861 in Philadelphia. He was captured in June of 1864 and died of “scorbutus” at Andersonville, South Carolina on July 14, 1864. He was married to Helene (Ellen) Link; both were immigrants from Wuerttemberg, Germany.

Private Henry Englebach, Company E, was wounded at The Battle of the Wilderness on May 8th, 1864. He was shot with a ball to the nose and left eye. On May 13th, Henry was admitted to Mount Pleasant General Hospital, Washington D.C. and transferred on June 6th to the Newton University General Hospital in Baltimore. He was discharged and received a pension of $2.00 a month until his death on March 7th, 1893.

Sergeant George M. Biedermann, Company F, was killed in action at the Battle of Williamsburg on May 5, 1862.

Private Matthew Valentine Walker Longwell, Company A, enlisted March 15, 1865 at Meadville, Pennsylvania and mustered out June 29, 1865 at Washington, D.C. at age 38. He fought in the April 2nd, 1865 Breakthrough Battle of Petersburg and the pursuit of Lee, April 3-9, marched to Danville, then on to Richmond, and finally to Washington. He was born August 21, 1827, died February 27, 1899, and lived in West Freedom, Clarion, Pennsylvania on the Longwell family farm. Matthew and his wife, Samantha Aiken (McKibben) Longwell had 12 children. Private Longwell was the grandson of a Revolutionary War Patriot. The original photograph and an enhanced version portrait is shown below.


Private Jonas Hillberd, Company F, a 20-year-old immigrant from Hannover, Germany enlisted August 27, 1861 in the 98th Regiment of Pennsylvania Infantry. He fought at Williamsburg, Fair Oaks, and Gaines' Mill, Virginia, where he was wounded. According to family oral history, he was shot in the head. His wounds must have been severe, as he was not discharged and pensioned until 1864. He eventually recovered, got involved in the rag trade in Philadelphia, married a German immigrant, had eight children, became a teamster, and died making a delivery to Norristown, Pennsylvania in 1902 at the age of 59.

The first enlistment of Private John Autz, Company K, was dated September 12, 1861 at Philadelphia when he was 31 years of age. His re-enlistment was dated December 23, 1863 at Brandy Station when he was 33 years of age. He was born in Obenau, Bavaria, Germany in 1828 and emigrated to United States at age 4 years with father Adam Autz, Sr. and one sister. His mother was buried at sea during voyage from Bavaria to United States. John Autz passed away at the age of 85 years in 1913.

Sergeant George L. Yost, Company D & I, joined the regiment after mustering out of the 128th regiment in May of 1863 and enlisted as a sergeant. He was wounded in the leg at Gettysburg (July 2nd), but remained in service, being wounded again at Cold Harbor (June 3rd 1864).



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