|Birth: ||Jun. 25, 1833|
|Death: ||Aug. 11, 1902|
CIVIL WAR VETERAN-GETTYSBURG CASUALTY
Private Wilson Beer's great-great grandparents, Johannes and Eva Loecher Creveling, Sr., came to America from Germany and settled in West Portal (formerly Jugtown), Hunterdon County, New Jersey. They are buried in the Creveling Family Burying Ground in West Portal, NJ.
Wilson Beers was born June 25, 1833 in Rockport, Carbon County, Pennsylvania. He died on Aug. 11, 1902 in Ashland, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. Private Wilson Beers was the son of Cpl. Jacob Beers Sr., Esq. and Elizabeth (Henry) Beers. He married Harriet "Hattie" Ellison. His father Jacob Beers, Sr. and his brother Jacob Beers, Jr. served in Co.E., 28th PA., Reg., Inf., Vols. His brother was wounded at the battle of Antietam on Sept.17, 1862. Jacob Beers, Jr. was shot in the left heel after his regiment advanced from the "East Woods" and repelled the advancing Confederate troops at the edge of the "Cornfield." Wilson Beers, prior to his enlistment with Co.K., 81st PA., Reg., Inf., Vols., served a three month enlistment with Co. I., 6th PA., Inf., Vols. At the Battle of Gettysburg, with his regiment (Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, Company K; organized in Eckley, PA.), Private Wilson Beers braved a ruptured hernia, just before the fighting began. After assembling in the center of the Union line along Cemetery Ridge, Pvt. Wilson Beers advanced double-quick with the 81st PA to the "Wheatfield" where some of the most savage fighting ocurred. He was shot through the neck and fell to the ground. William Richards (the brave little Welshman aka Billy Richards) carried him from the battlefield. From Gettysburg, Pvt. Beers was transported to McClellan General Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. McClellan General was located on Germantown Ave. and Cayuga Street in the Nicetown section of North Philadelphia. Upon recovering, he served as a hospital steward for the remainder of his enlistment. After the war he worked as a laborer. He has a government and family tombstone in the Maple Hill Cemetery in Wilkes Barre, Luzerne County, PA. He also has a government marker in Hollenback Cemetery in the Grand Army of the Republic Plot, also in Wilkes Barre. With his application for a Civil War Pension dated July 22, 1873, Wilson Beers submitted the following testimony: Affidavit given by Capt. John W. Pryor 81st PA. Vol., Inf., Co.D.: "... "Wilson Beers ... was wounded by a gun shot ball in the neck... the ball struck him just back of the right ear in the neck and passed through the chords of the neck and came out on back of the neck near the left ear." Affidavit dated December 29, 1874. A letter from James Carrol (Powell, Bradford County, PA.) to Wilson Beers dated June 4, 1894: "... in '62 have stood by you in many a hard fight. I have marched with you many a hard days march. I saw you at Cemetery Hill at Gettysburg and when we started to double-quick for the Wheatfield with one hand holding your cartridge box up claiming you were much in distress and you afterwards told me you were ruptured. I saw you but a few feet from you falling with a ball through the neck. I saw the little Welshman Billy Richards bending over you bearing you off the field." William Richards is Find-A-Grave Memorial Number 28403500. Pvt. Wilson Beers and Harriet "Hattie" (Ellison) Beers (b.May 28, 1848-d.Feb. 4, 1898) had the following children:
1.Annie Soden (b.Mar.2, 1869-d.June 3, 1950).
2.Stanley S. Beers (b.Sept. 12, 1870-d.Oct. 29, 1871).
3.Estella Shannon (b.Aug. 9, 1874-d. Mar. 3, 1907).
Information from Pension and Military Records:
Wilson Beers served in Co. I, 6th PA Inf which was a three-month regiment organized prior to the 81st. At the Battle of Gettysburg on July 2, 1863, the 81st was positioned near the center of the Union lines on Cemetery Ridge. They were then ordered, at the double-quick, to support the Union efforts in the growing battle on the Union left. While on route to the battle now know as the Wheatfield, Wilson suffered a ruptured hernia, but he continued on to the fighting with his comrades. Shortly after arriving at the battle he was shot through the neck. He was dragged from the field by William Richards and ended up at McClellan Hospital in Philadelphia, Pa where, after recovering, served as a hospital steward for the remainder of his enlistment.*
Affidavit given by Wilson Beers on July 22, 1873 on application for pension: He was wounded in action by gunshot in right side and back of neck for which he was treated in McClellan Hospital in Philadelphia, and he was ruptured at Gettysburg on July 2, 1863, for which he was treated in McClellan Hospital in Philadephia and in General Hospital at Nicetown, Pa. and that he has not entered the military or Services of the United States since Nov. 5, 1864. Affidavit given by John W. Pryor on December 29, 1874 on behalf of Wilson Beers: Personally apppeared before me Lewis Keugle, a Justice of the Peace for said County - John W. Pryor a person to me known to be entitled to credit and on oath declared he was Captain of Company D 81st Reg. Pa. Inf. Vols., that on the 2nd day of July A.D. 1863 at the Battle of Gettysburg Pa. he was in command of Co. K 81st Reg. Pa. Inf. Vols. that Co. K being consolidated for the time with being with my Company D. that he knows personally Wilson Beers who was a Private in Co K 81st Reg. Pa. Vols. that at the battle of Gettyburg on the 2nd day of July A.D. 1863 the said Wilson Beers while in the service of the U.S. and in the line of duty in battle was wounded by a gunshot ball in the neck the ball struck him just back of the right ear in the neck passed through the chords of the neck and came out on back of the neck near the left ear. that deponents' knowledge of these facts arises from his being in the battle and presen when Wilson Beers received the wound. that he has no interest whatever in the claim for pension. Company K, 81st., Reg., Inf., PA Vols.
Jacob Beers (1809 - 1867)
Elizabeth Beers (1809 - 1845)
Harriet "Hattie" Ellison Beers (1848 - 1898)*
John Albert Beers (1829 - 1905)*
Wilson Beers (1833 - 1902)
Pamela Beers Ledden (1836 - 1886)*
Anthony Beers (1839 - 1893)*
Jacob Beers (1840 - 1885)*
Asa R Beers (1844 - 1907)*
Maple Hill Cemetery
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Record added: Sep 25, 2005
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