|Birth: ||Oct. 27, 1841|
|Death: ||Aug. 10, 1909|
Born at Slater's Crossroads near Lovettsville, Luther Slater attended Roanoke College and the Preparatory School at what is now Gettysburg College, and was apparently planning to attend the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg. The Civil War changed his plans and he was mustered in to the Loudoun Rangers (U.S.A.), Company A., on June 20, 1862 at Lovettsville. His rank was 1st Lieutenant. He was one of 28 young men from New Jerusalem Lutheran Church to join Co. A.
In late August 1862 he was very badly wounded during the fighting at the Baptist Church in nearby Waterford, Va. He was taken to Gettysburg to recover, where he fell in love with Mollie Yount, a sister of his classmates. He resigned from the Loudoun Rangers in early 1863. In early 1863 he also served for a short time as the U.S. Provost Marshall in Point of Rocks, Md. and then, back in Gettysburg, and despite the fact he had an injured arm in a sling, he enlisted in the 26th Pa. Emergency Militia, Co. A. He was a 2nd Lieutenant and led students from the colleges and seminary in Gettysburg in attempts to delay Confederate movements. He resigned in July 1863 after a months service and was detailed to the Signal Corps, but may have served as a Hospital Steward.
From 1865-1867, Luther served as Postmaster in Lovettsville. After that he enlisted as a Hospital Steward in the Army, then worked as a clerk in the Surgeon General's office and then as a clerk in the Records and Pensions office. He was involved in the creation of the card file system at the War Department for Civil & Revolutionary War soldiers records.
He was involved in the founding of the Lutheran Church of the Reformation in Washington DC and was very involved in the congregation as an elder, trustee, treasurer and Sunday School superintendent, and he served on the Farming Committee of the Lutheran Home of the Aged.
He was one of the founding members of the Washington D.C. Commandery of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States, also known as MOLLUS. The Washington D.C. Commandery of MOLLUS rededicated his monument at the Lovettsville Union Cemetery on November 15, 2008. There was a short ceremony and the wreath visible in the picture was placed at the gravesite.
Luther was married first to Mollie Yount of Gettysburg on Nov. 17, 1864, by the Rev. Prof. F.A. Muhlenberg. Their daughter Effie was born on Sept. 3, 1864. Mollie died on June 3, 1871 from complications accompanying the birth of their second child, David, who died a few days later.
Luther's second marriage was to his cousin Margaret Prentiss Slater, in 1874, at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation in Washington by the Rev. Philip Graef. Margaret survived him by 16 years.
(Original bio compiled using "Lovettsville: The German Settlement" by Yetive Weatherly, and from a Brunswick (MD) Citizen article dated Nov. 6, 2008)
Samuel Slater (1807 - 1898)
Barbary Slater (1808 - 1854)
Margaret P. Slater (1840 - 1925)
Mollie A.E. Yount Slater (1841 - 1871)*
Effie Slater Hickman (1865 - 1931)*
Howard David Slater (1871 - 1871)*
Ara Ann Slater Hough (1827 - 1904)*
Jacob S Slater (1829 - 1900)*
Sarah Catharine Slater Compher (1836 - 1907)*
Luther Washington Slater (1841 - 1909)
Lewin Franklin Slater (1846 - 1925)*
Lovettsville Union Cemetery
Created by: Jen Snoots
Record added: Nov 19, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 31553524