|Birth: ||Oct. 19, 1844|
|Death: ||Mar. 23, 1891|
Albert C. "A.C." Snyder appears in records as the eldest of ten children born to Jacob and Margaret Snyder. Jacob, a native of Darmstadt, Germany, achieved the status of "master tailor" at the height of his working years in Altoona, Blair County, Pennsylvania. Margaret was a PA native.
Albert joined with Company C, 135th PA Infantry in August, 1862. In one month, his unit would participate in the Battle of Antietam at Sharpsburg, MD, the most horrific event of the Civil War. Albert's unit was at the front. Five of the 150 who died were color bearers.
In January, 1863, Albert vainly protested his transfer from combat to the Signal Corps. He soon became proficient in telegraphy under the command of Andrew Carnegie, Superintendent of the Union Government's telegraph lines in the East. Albert's obituary makes reference to him being attached to General Grant as a telegrapher. It is likely that Albert found himself transferred by the Corps to the Union's Western Front where General Grant was stationed; otherwise, it was a "long distance attachment."
In September, 1864, Andrew re-enlisted with the 19th PA Cavalry, an outfit that had removed to Tennessee in February of that year. From obituary accounts, Albert rose in station to that of chief telegrapher. The 19th Cavalry engaged in numerous skirmishes in Tennessee, Alabama, and Mississippi until the end of the war.
In April, 1865, Lee surrendered to Grant in Virginia. In June, 1865, Albert mustered out of service in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. There he would remain for a couple years—presumably employed as a telegrapher. He became gravely ill but survived a serious yellow fever epidemic.
Albert was asthmatic and susceptible to respiratory ailments his entire life. Following Baton Rouge, after a bout of pneumonia, he was persuaded in 1870 to take residence in the dry climate of Cheyenne, Wyoming Territory. He would return east for a final brief visit to marry Priscilla McCrum, an Altoona girl.
Albert accrued 14 years of service with Western Union while in Cheyenne and would manage its office. For the next four years, he served as U. S. Postmaster by appointment of President Cleveland. He pursued other investments to realize a comfortable income for Priscilla and their 6 children who would survive into adulthood.
Albert died of respiratory infection. At the time of his death, he had been a main partner with E. S. Johnson in a profitable grocery firm. From the obituary accounts as well as the account of his funeral, it can be readily discerned that he was particularly revered as a family man, friend, neighbor, and citizen.
--by Clint Black, Nov 2011
Priscilla McCrum Snyder (1840 - 1910)*
Karl Albert Snyder (1879 - 1905)*
Howard McCrum Snyder (1881 - 1970)*
Plot: Lot 82 Sec B
Created by: Eric Crow
Record added: Aug 20, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 29170301
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