JOHN W. COLEMAN was born in Pennsylvania in December of 1848. He was living in Philadelphia in the summer of 1863 when, answering a call to arms in response to general Lee's invasion of Pennsylvania, he enlisted as a Private on June 17th in Company K, 20th Infantry Regiment Pennsylvania. The unit mustered out on August 10th. Having acquired a taste of the military, young Coleman, then but 16, re-enlisted on September 15, 1863 as a Saddler and served as a Private with the 19th Cavalry Regiment Pennsylvania. He served with Company B and Company I during his term of service. The 19th Cavalry Regiment Pennsylvania mustered out on May 14, 1866 at New Orleans, Louisiana.
The Nineteenth Cavalry was commanded by Colonel Alexander Cummings. Other officers who served were Lieutenant Colonel Joseph C. Hess, Lieutenant Colonel Frank Reeder, Major Amos J. Holahan, Major Norman M. Finlay, and Major Charles F. Huston.
19th cavalry, the 180th regiment of the line, was recruited in
Philadelphia with the exception of Cos. L and M from the counties of
Huntingdon and Blair. It rendezvoused at Camp Stanton, Philadelphia, and
was mustered into the U. S. service in June, July, August, September,
and October, 1863, for three years. Most of the men and officers
left for Washington early in November and on December 3, reported to
General A. J. Smith at Columbus, Ky. Three days later it moved to Union
City Tennessee, where
in February, 1864, it moved with its division to Collierville,
April 6, it was engaged for several hours with the troops under General
Nathan Bedford Forrest at Cypress Swamp, Tennessee, suffering some loss.
Captain Wenrick of Company E was captured here and died in captivity.
The regiment returned to Memphis on April 10 and the next few weeks were
employed in scout and picket duty, details of the regiment being
frequently sent out to harass the forces under Forrest.
During July a detachment of 150 men was engaged with the forces under General Slocum at the Big Black river, Port Gibson and Grand Gulf, Mississippi. In August it was engaged with General A. J. Smith's forces against Forrest, at Coldwater, Oxford and Hurricane Creek, Mississippi.
September, during General Price's invasion of Missouri, the 19th Cavalry
was active at Marion, Greensboro, Pilot Knob, and the Big Blue River,
returning to Memphis on October 20. In November it skirmished on the
flank of Hood's army, marching towards
in December the 19th proceeded to Nashville and was assigned to
Hammond's (1st) brigade, Knipe's (7th) division cavalry corps, under
General Wilson. It participated in the battle of Nashville and the
pursuit of Hood's army, suffering some losses. During
the pursuit, the 19th was again hotly engaged at Anthony's Hill and
Sugar Creek, losing 12 killed and wounded. The command was now much
February 8 the battalion started for New Orleans, arriving there March
9. On the 20th it moved to Baton Rouge and was engaged in picket and
scouting duty until the middle of August. Meanwhile the battalion had
been further reduced on June 13 to four companies. It served by
detachments in Louisiana and Texas until April of the following year,
when the four companies were reunited at New Orleans, performed provost
John W. Coleman returned to Philadelphia where he married his first wife, Melvina, and started a family. By 1880 he was working as a bank cashier and bookkeeper. He was living at 1211 Dickinson Street in South Philadelphia in 1880 and 103 Dickinson in 1890. At some point before 1895 he moved to 37 North 35th Street in what was then Stockton Township. This became a art of Camden in 1899. His daughter Evaline was born in New Jersey in 1890. The 1900 census shows the John W. Coleman family also having three sons, Louis, Charles W., W. and Elmer, and another daughter, Catherine B. Coleman. Another son, John W. Coleman Jr., died in March of 1899. Two older children, George and Nellie, were not living with their parents. It appears, from the 1900 Census, that John W. Coleman had remarried, and that Catherine Coleman came of the second marriage. Who Evaline Coleman's mother was is not clear.
John W. Coleman and his wife Annie resided at 37 North 35th Street through 1914. Not long after the 1910 Census was taken, daughter Evaline married Leon B. Proud, who who had lived with his parents at 45 North 35th Street. Mr. and Mrs. Proud made their home at 31 North 35th Street. By 1920 they Prouds had two daughters, named after Mr. Proud's wife Leonora and Mrs. Proud's mother, Eva.
John W. Coleman and his wife left Camden at some point after 1914 and before January 1920. Leon Proud passed away in the mid-1920s. His widow remained at 31 North 35th Street until at least 1947. By June of 1933 John W. Coleman had returned to Camden and was making his home with his daughter at 31 North 35th Street.
|Civil War Pension Record|
January 8, 1899
Dr. A.L. Sherk
July 16, 1899
Philadelphia Inquirer - January 28, 1909
Camden Memorial Day Committee
In order that Camden veterans may have an elaborate celebration on Memorial Day, Mayor Ellis yesterday appointed the following committee of citizens to act in conjunction with them: William D. Vanaman, William Sangtinette, Frank W. Tussey, William Fox, Dr. J.W. Martindale, Walter L Tushingham, Ira E. Lutte, Harry C. Kramer, John W. Coleman, Bernhard Schroeder, Edward H. Nieland, Daniel M. Stevens, W.F. Powell, Abe Fuhrman, Jacob Neutze, Francis B. Wallen, Charles A. Ackley, Louis T. Derousse, James M. Bentley, John K. Newkirk, William Schmid, John Larsen, Sigismund Schoenagle, Charles M. Baldwin, and Harry A Whaland.
Philadelphia Inquirer - May 28, 1911
Ellis - Soldiers'
Monument - William Thompson - Rev.
|Camden Courier-Post * June 4, 1933|
Vets in Colorful Memorial Crowd Convention Hall
More than 2500
persons attended a joint veterans memorial observance in Convention Hall
which followed a parade of veterans and civic organizations yesterday
The parade was
headed by a squad of motorcycle
police under Acting Sergeant William Taylor. They were followed by the
band, headquarters, howitzer, medical and service companies of the 114th
Infantry in command of Capt. Mahlon
F. Ivins, Jr.
Then came the
massed colors, National Guard, Naval Reserve, Disabled American Veterans,
John J. Pershing Camp No.9, United War Veterans; Gen. John A. Mather Post
No. 18, Spanish War Veterans with their fife and drum corps and the Clara
E. Waller Auxiliary; Posts 518 and 980 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and
their bugle corps; Mt. Ephraim Junior Legion, No. 150; and, bugle corps;
Public Service American Legion Post and bugle corps; Westmont American
Legion Post and bugle corps; 50 Pennsylvania Gold Star Mothers led by Mrs.
Mary E. Hewson; Elks color
guard and the Salvation Army and band.
G. A. R. Vets
Three veterans of the G. A. R., in
flag-draped automobiles, participated in
the parade. They were John W.
Coleman, 76, of 31 North Thirty-fifth
street, who served with the 19th Pennsylvania Cavalry; William A. Morgan,
93, of Clementon, who was with the 104th Doylestown Infantry, and Leonard
L. Roray, 89, of Glassboro, who served with Company H, Third New
Ceremonies at Convention
opened with advance of the colors to the stage and
invocation by Rabbi Nachmann Arnoff.
Bratten Du Bell, former chaplain of the 114th Infantry, delivered a
memorial address, taking as his subject the career of General
A. Wolverton after paying tribute to the G. A. R., Spanish American
and World War veterans, promised that Congress would make provisions to
support widows and orphans of veterans who need aid before adjournment
He attacked any
plan for balancing the national budget which does so at the expense of the
two ways to balance the budget,'" he said. "One is to take the
money from the veterans and federal employees. The other is to require
wealth to help."
Veterans of Foreign Wars and United Spanish War Veterans memorial services
and rituals also featured the program. Rev. Lewis A. Hayes, of Westmont,
pronounced the benediction. C.
Richard Allen, past county commander of the American Legion, was
master of ceremonies.
The committee included Samuel Magill, Jr., chairman; Edward A. Stark, A. F. Klein, Joseph A. Kohler, Joseph Whylings, James J. Burke, Norval McHenry, Charles Buzine, William Amberg, James Milne, William P. Breen, William Miller, William Reinholdt; Edward J. Wintering, William Eisele, William Lloyd, Joseph F. Markley, Frank Ellis, D. J. Connors, Joseph Lounsberry and Charles M. Jefferies..
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