May 9, 1901 Meyersdale Somerset County Pennsylvania, USA
John Peter Matthias, enlisted into Company G 54th Pennsylvania Volunteers, on March 12, 1864. He was wounded at the Battle of Fisher's Hill, and the Second Battle of Kernstown. He was honorably discharged on May 31, 1865.
Meyersdale Commercial - May 16, 1901 (Somerset County, Pennsylvania)
John Matthias - After a short illness brought on by a heavy cold this gentleman and soldier passed to the life beyond at an advanced age on Thursday May 9th, at his home in this borough. His wife died several years ago and of late he had been living with his son George. He was a pleasant old gentleman and greatly liked by his associates and friends. He sold his farm in Larimer after Mrs. Matthias death and lived a retired life. When he came to this country he landed in New York city. His first job there was turning a cylinder press for a New York printer. His fellow workman was a Negro. He stuck to the job manfully a half a day but was so disgusted with that he never went back to get his pay. It was the hardest labor, he used to say he ever struck. He leaves a number of children all married, established in life and doing well. He enlisted from Glencoe in Company G 54th P.V's. and served his full term. He was a brave and capable soldier doing good work for the old flag. His remains were taken Sunday to Larimer and laid to rest in the Temple burying ground, his pastor of the Evangelical church officiating. Thus is mustered out another of the country's valiant defenders.
Brother of Henry Andrew Matthias
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