Lieut James Hersh

Lieut James Hersh

New Oxford, Adams County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 1912 (aged 78–79)
Gettysburg, Adams County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Gettysburg, Adams County, Pennsylvania, USA
Memorial ID 15391288 · View Source
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Son of George and Nancy (McClellan) Hersh

Husband of Emma R. Hersh

Prominent Gettysburg Citizen Dies while Resting in Chair at his Home.
Had Taken Active Part in Politics.

JAMES HERSH died suddenly Sunday afternoon about four o'clock while taking his customary afternoon rest in a chair at his home on Baltimore street. He was aged 79 years, 6 months and 10 days. He had been about but a short time before he was stricken and had been talking with friends on the streets of town.

Mr. Hersh was born in New Oxford, one of a family of fourteen children. His parents were George and Nancy (McClellan) Hersh the latter a sister of Colonel McClellan.

He was educated in the common school of New Oxford and later at New Oxford Academy.

At the opening of the Civil War he enlisted in Company I, 87th Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers and on September 12 1861 was made second lieutenant of his company and on March 1, 1863, quartermaster of the regiment. He was captured and made a prisoner on June 15 of the same year, at Winchester, Virginia, and was confined to Libby prison for nine months. He was exchanged and joined his regiment at Cold Harbor, Virginia, June 1, 1864 and was discharged from the service at the expiration of his term, October 13, 1864.

Mr. Hersh was for many years active in Republican politics in Adams County. He was sheriff from 1872 to l873, was frequently chairman of his party in this county and always took a keen interest in politics both local and national. He was a delegate in 1880 to the Chicago convention which nominated James A. Garfield for President, being one of the famous 306 who voted for General Grant and he was always proud of the medal which was given to him in honor of the event. He was a member of the Grand Army and for some years was in the National Guard of the state with the rank of captain.

For many years after the close of the war he was occupied in farming in which he had been engaged before his enlistment. He had a 1500 acre farm and took great pride in raising fine stock and poultry which he did with much success.

He leaves his wife, and two sons, William Hersh, Esq., and Frank Hersh, both of whom live at home. Of the family of fourteen, of which he was the ninth, only two now survive, a sister, Mrs. Louisa Clippinger, of New Oxford, and a brother, Paul Hersh, of Ohio.

Funeral from his late residence on Baltimore street Tuesday afternoon at two o'clock.

Source : The Adams County News Newspaper - Gettysburg, Adams Co., Pennsylvania - Saturday, August 10, 1912

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