Civil War Union Army Officer. He served during the Civil war as Colonel and commander of the 126th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. He was severely wounded at the December 13, 1862 Battle of Fredericksburg.
He married Mary E. Brindle February 17, 1845, and fathered Margaret C. (b. @1846), John W. (b. @1848), E. G. (b. @1850), C. B. (b. @1852), James E. (b. @1856), Fannie J. (b. @1858), Bruce M. (b. @1861), William D. (b. @1863), and Grace (b. @1867). In 1860, he was a merchant living in St. Thomas Township, Franklin County, Pennsylvania.
A Civil War veteran, he first enlisted and mustered into federal service at Harrisburg April 20, 1861, as captain of Co. C, 2nd Pennsylvania Infantry, and honorably discharged with his company July 26, 1861. He then enlisted in Harrisburg August 9, 1862, and mustered into federal service at Washington DC, August 15 as colonel of the 126th Pennsylvania Infantry. His military career ended with a severe hip wound at the battle of Fredericksburg December 13, 1862, after which he was hospitalized and then received a sixty-day furlough to date March 30, 1863. Nonetheless, he honorably discharged with his company May 20, 1863.