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Joel D. Heffner
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Birth: Nov. 13, 1836
Berks County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Mar. 2, 1909
West Reading
Berks County
Pennsylvania, USA


Civil War Veteran

Company G (Bernville men)
151st Pennsylvania Infantry
1st Brigade Colonel Chapman Biddle, 3rd Division Brigadier General Thomas A. Rowley, 1st Corps Major General John F. Reynolds, Major General Abner Doubleday

The 151st Pennsylvania was commanded at the Battle of Gettysburg by Lieutenant Colonel George Fisher McFarland

The heroism displayed by the One Hundred and Fifty-first in this battle, is unsurpassed; it went into the fight with twenty-one officers, and four hundred and sixty-six men.

Of these, two officers and sixty-six men were killed, twelve officers and one hundred and eighty-seven men were wounded, and one hundred were missing, an aggregate loss of three hundred and sixty-seven, upwards of seventy-five per cent.

July 1. Fought in the grove west of the
Theological Seminary.

July 2. In reserve on Cemetery Hill.

July 3. In position on left center and assisted in repulsing the charge of the enemy in the afternoon.

Lieutenant Colonel George F. McFarland

" I know not," says Colonel M'Farland in his official report, " how men could have fought more desperately, exhibited more coolness, or contested the field with more determined courage."'

General Abner Doubleday

"At Gettysburg," says General Doubleday, who commanded the First Corps, " they won, under the brave M'Farland, an imperishable fame. They defended the left front of the First Corps against vastly superior numbers; covered its retreat against the overwhelming masses of the enemy at the Seminary, west of the town, and enabled me, by their determined resistance, to withdraw the corps in comparative safety. This was on the first day. In the crowning charge of the third day of the battle, the shattered remnants of the One Hundred and Fifty-first Pennsylvania, with the Twentieth New York State Militia, flung themselves upon the front of the rebel column, and drove it from the shelter of a slashing in which it had taken shelter from a flank attack of the Vermont troops. I can never forget the services rendered me by this regiment, directed by the gallantry and genius of M'Farland. I believe they saved the First Corps, and were among the chief instruments to save the Army of the Potomac, and the country from unimaginable disaster."

Source: Dyer, Frederick H. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion Compiled and Arranged from Official Records of the Federal and Confederate Armies, Reports of he Adjutant Generals of the Several States, the Army Registers, and Other Reliable Documents and Sources.
Family links: 
  J. George Heffner (1801 - 1890)
  Anna Deischer Heffner (1807 - 1871)
  Sarah Zechman Heffner (1833 - 1872)
  Malinda Bechthold Heffner (1835 - 1881)
  Rebecca Amanda Ludwig Heffner (1853 - 1923)
  Pricilla Heffner (1856 - 1861)*
  Esther Rebecca Heffner Moser (1858 - 1922)*
  Jacob Z. Heffner (1868 - 1957)*
  Elizabeth Heffner Springer (1829 - 1916)*
  Israel D. Heffner (1832 - 1902)*
  Joel D. Heffner (1836 - 1909)
  Esther D. Heffner Zechman (1847 - 1887)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: Reading Eagle - Mar 4, 1909
Bern Churchyard
Berks County
Pennsylvania, USA
Maintained by: Jerry Fair
Originally Created by: Berks-Dauphin Roots
Record added: Oct 14, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 60109665
Joel D. Heffner
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Joel D. Heffner
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Joel D. Heffner
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- Jerry Fair
 Added: Feb. 16, 2016

 Added: Jan. 1, 2014
Private, Co G, 151st 11/62-7/63. Wounded at Gettysburg.
- Neil D Scheidt
 Added: Nov. 17, 2012

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