|Birth: ||Jan. 1, 1846|
|Death: ||Aug. 26, 1925|
Obituary: Published August 1925
On last Wednesday, August 26, at 8 o'clock A. M., occurred the death of Mr. Jacob F. Spacht, the last surviving Civil War veteran of the far west end of Union County, at the Danville State Hospital, where he had been a patient for the past three months. Jacob Franklin Spacht was born at Thompsontown, January 1, 1846, the son of Anthony and Mary Spacht, who later moved to Snyder County, where Jacob spent his boyhood and where he learned the blacksmithing trade, although after working at his trade a few years he followed various occupations until the days of the great civil strife when his father was drawn for service in the Union army, but Jacob, who was then a little over fifteen, volunteered to go as a substitute for his father, and after much coaxing the father consented to allow the boy to go as a member of Company A of the 12th Regiment, under Capt. Smith of Middleburg. The company was mustered and immediately sent southward, arriving at Baltimore, from thence to the Potomac River, where they commenced to taste the lust of battle. The experience of the subject of this obituary is lengthy and varied, the most important achievement of his company was the capture of Fort Steadman, in which he took an important part. The capture was affected under cover of darkness and Capt. Smith's mere handful of boys were compelled to cover the distance to the fort by pushing themselves inch by inch as they were compelled to lie flat upon the ground so well was the fort guarded, but the seemingly impossible was accomplished. The fort was taken with over three hundred prisoners beside many arms and much ammunition. At another engagement he had his rifle butt shattered by an enemy bullet but escaped capture unhurt and continued through out the battle. He was honorably discharged in 1865, and a year later was united in marriage to Amanda C. Derr of near Middleburg, which union was blessed with four children, one daughter and three sons.
Mr. Spacht moved to Pardee about 40 years ago, and was employed by the Pardee Lumber Co. as blacksmith until they closed operations and since that time had practically lived retired. He was an ardent sportsman and until two years ago followed the hunt with the younger generation, and needless to say he could shoot with unusual skill. He also loved to travel along the beautiful trout streams in this vicinity and angle for the speckled beauties. He was a member of the J. C. Schnure Post No. 46, Grand Army of the Republic, at Laurelton, and for the past six or seven years was commander of the Post until two years ago when owing to the small number able to attend the meetings the Post was disbanded and the work was handed over to Camp No. 11, Sons of Veterans.
Mr. Spacht is survived by his wife, and the following children: O. P. of Cheat Haven, (PA); Howard, of Juniata; Edward, of Rochester, N. Y., and Cora, wife of W. W. Oakes, of Kissimee, Florida; also the following brothers: P.W., of McAllisterville; J. F. of McClure; S. D. of Coalport, and one sister, Mrs. James Wirth, of Hartleton. Comrade Spacht is also survived by two great-grandchildren beside a number of grandchildren.
The remains in charge of Funeral Director L. W. Strunk and Sons were interred at Hironimus Union Cemetery on Saturday afternoon. Funeral sermon was ably delivered by Rev. Dr. J. L. Hoffman, of Baltimore, Md., after which the Sons of Veterans took charge and held an impressive military burial service ending with the salute by the firing squad and the sounding of taps by A. R. Sholter. The body was followed to the grave by one of his stanch comrades and past commander of the G. A. R. post, Alanson Johnson, of Laurelton. The presence of this lone comrade of the War of '61 to '65 impressed upon the minds of the people the fact that the Blue line is almost a past glory, and but a few years will eradicate that once noble band, but the memories shall live in the minds of the people and their deeds of courage and valor shall remain emblazoned on the pages of history for all time.
Jacob F. Spacht united with the United Brethren Church when a young man, and the lessons learned then were practiced throughout his daily life. The beautiful mound of red, white and blue flowers, emblematic of the symbol of our country and the truths and sacrifices made by those who upheld our ideals covers his silent tomb.
Amanda Christine Derr Spacht (1844 - 1934)*
Hironimus Union Cemetery
Plot: Section 2, Lot 23, Grave 8
Created by: Jay Rarick
Record added: May 02, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 89465700
Rest in Peace, Soldier.|
Added: Jul. 24, 2012
Member of the J. C. Schnure Post No. 46 of the Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.), Laurelton, PA|
Added: May. 4, 2012
US Army - Civil War - Co A, 208th PA Vol Inf.|
Added: May. 2, 2012