The son of John & Maria (Snyder) Faller, in 1860 he was a clerk presumably living in Carlisle, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, although that census does not list him with his family.
A Civil War veteran, he enlisted in Carlisle August 21, 1861, and mustered into federal service at Washington DC September 16 as a private with Co. A, 7th Pennsylvania Reserves (36th Pennsylvania Infantry). Promoted to corporal March 3, 1862, he was wounded at the second battle of Bull Run (Manassas) on August 30, 1862, but was still promoted to sergeant two days later. Captured at the battle of the Wilderness on May 5, 1864, he was ultimately incarcerated in the stockade at Andersonville, Georgia, and paroled February 27, 1865, at Northeast Ferry, North Carolina. He is listed as AWOL but arrived at Camp Parole on March 12. On April 3, 1865, at Camp Discharge in Philadelphia, he honorably discharged the service to date June 16, 1864, by law receiving an additional three months' pay for being imprisoned beyond his service time.
After the war, he married Sarah R. Martin and fathered Gertrude Clara (b. 1870, d. 1872), Mary (b./d. 1872), Martin (b./d. 1873), Emma P. (b. 11/25/74), and Leo J. (b. 04/01/79). Allegedly, he married Sarah in 1879. Either that date is wrong or it suggests the possibility of a previous wife, although no evidence of such arose. Cause of his death is listed as "dropsy" with "valvular heart disease" a contributing factor.
His birth year is also reported as 1842.
Sgt, Co, A, 7th Regt, PA Res, GAR marker
Sarah R Martin Faller
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