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CPL Theodore Wise Strayline

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CPL Theodore Wise Strayline

  • Birth 5 May 1844 Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Death 3 Jul 1863 Gettysburg, Adams County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Burial Frazer, Chester County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Memorial ID 54685285

Civil War Veteran/Died at Gettysburg. Theodore wrote letters to his mother and sister during his service. One letter, from Camp Observation (Maryland), WRITTEN February 2, 1862 is transcribed as follows:

"Dear Mother and sister. i take this opportunity of writing these few lines to let you know that i received your letter and i was very glad to hear from you and to hear that you was all well except mother and she is never well. tell her that she must not worry about us for we are making out firstrate. it has been very bad wether down here for the last three weeks but it is clear to day. but they say it is the same in phila......charley & george is not paid yet but will be in a few days. i suppose they will be a move maybe before long over on the other side. there must be some thing done before long for it is geting pretty hard on the goverment but if there is a battle i aint afraid to meet it so do not worry about us. the young man that brings this letter is a young man that belongs to the company. he is just got over a spell of sickness his is been sick for two or three months and he aint able to duty yet so they give him a furlogh. i will try to get one in may if i live long so you can answer this and sent it....Mrs. and Mr. Brown Mrs and Mr. Conner and all inquiring friends and our love to all the family so no more at present i remain your affectionate son, Theo. W. Strayline.......Mother i read my testament and pray every night and i tell charley and george. Theo. W. Strayline

A 2nd letter to his Mother WRITTEN April 23, 1863 (camp in Va.):
Dear Mother
i pen these few lines to let you know that i have been paid and sent you some money. about the time (this) reaches you the money will be there. i sent you $30. and keep $25. for yourself and give the other $5. to george and tell him that is the five dollars charley owed him. charley has not been paid yet. good bye for the.....your affection son Theodore...i was in a hurry i am on picket.

Theodore Wise Strayline was born to Charles (1801-1880) and Catherine (Wise) Strayline in Philadelphia. PA. He enlisted August 10, 1861 in Company "C" Pennsylvania Volunteers for three years (72nd Regiment commanded by DWC Baxter---certified by Captain Lockhart Company "C" 72nd Regiment). Two other brothers, George and Charles, had also enlisted to fight for the Union cause.

Theodore died of a gunshot wound at the Battle of Gettysburg on July 3, 1863. He was buried on the 4th of July on Phillip Frey's farm with a marker. He was later disinterred and taken to Philadelphia where he was then re-interred at United American Mechanics and United Daughters of America Cemetery. He was disinterred again on May 16, 1951 (a housing project was being built in northern Philadelphia) and reinterred in Philadelphia Memorial Park three days later. The letters Theodore wrote were used by his mother in applying for a pension; she received 8 dollars a month. Theodore's two brothers, Charles and George survived the Battle of Gettysburg (they were both in the 71st Regiment), and the war.



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  • Find A Grave Memorial 54685285
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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for CPL Theodore Wise Strayline (5 May 1844–3 Jul 1863), Find A Grave Memorial no. 54685285, citing Philadelphia Memorial Park, Frazer, Chester County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by MockingbirdTales (contributor 46817308) .