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SGT Albert “Bub” Sanders

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SGT Albert “Bub” Sanders

  • Birth 15 Sep 1842 Duncansville, Blair County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Death 14 Jan 1929 Duncansville, Blair County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Burial Duncansville, Blair County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Memorial ID 11451644

Albert was born in Duncansville, the biological son of Sarah Miller. His father was unknown. He was the nephew of Peter and Catherine Emigh of Duncansville, and resided with his two "siblings," Ann Elizabeth Zublon and Samarah Moore, in a home owned by the Emighs, located just east of the Lower Diamond in Duncansville.

At the start of the Civil War, Albert enlisted in Co. C 3rd Pa. Regiment and served 3 months. He then reenlisted in Co. C 76 Pa. Regiment, "The Keystone Zouaves" for the duration of the War, and was promoted to sergeant. He participated in the surrender of Fort Pulaski, the battle for Charleston in June 1862 and the defeat of Fort Wagner in July 1863. As the unit's color bearer, he planted the regiment's flag on Fort Fisher when it was captured by the Union Army in Jan. 1865. According to "A Toss of a Coin, The History of Duncansville":

'The fighting left 85 holes in the flag, and shattered the standard in three places. Sanders reportedly used a cane fishing pole until a more permanent staff could be found. Miraculously, Sanders came through the battle uninjured.'

After his return from the War, Albert was married to Elizabeth Hockenberry of Altoona. They had no children, and were separated in 1869 and divorced by 1871. In 1872 Albert was briefly married to Leah Jane Butterbaugh of Logan Twp., from whom he was also divorced. From 1867-1870, Albert fathered three children, Mary, Thomas and Annie with Emma Hershberger of Frankstown. He and Emma were listed as husband and wife in the obituary of their eldest child, but the marriage was not valid. The youngest of the three children survived to adulthood and became the wife of Morris J. Weaver of Gaysport. Albert was also likely the father of Leah's youngest child, Albert Butterbaugh, who was born in 1869, and possibly the father of Emmaretta Long, daughter of the widowed Caroline Long of Duncansville, a close family friend. In 1876, Albert married Caroline Myers. They were married for 48 years until her death in 1923. They had no children.

Albert Served as Health Officer and Truant Officer for the borough of Duncansville, and for many years was constable of Blair Twp. He was a member of the Duncansville Presbyterian Church and an avid supporter of the Republican Party.

Albert died at 702 Third Ave in Duncansville, the same house in which he had been born.


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  • Created by: Zella
  • Added: 30 Jul 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 11451644
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for SGT Albert “Bub” Sanders (15 Sep 1842–14 Jan 1929), Find A Grave Memorial no. 11451644, citing Carson Valley Cemetery, Duncansville, Blair County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Zella (contributor 46524425) .