We Salute Our Veterans – War of 1812

This is a continuation of the blog series, We Salute Our Veterans. Please share with friends that on Sunday, November 6, 2016 at 2:00 PM a Veterans Day Observance will be held in the Garden of Honor at Mount Olivet Cemetery. We are located at 725 Baltimore Street in Hanover. The event is held rain or shine. Please bring a chair to sit on. 

An Overview of the War of 1812 …

The War of 1812 began June 18, 1812 and ended February 1815. It was fought in three theatres.

  • One was at sea with warships and privateers on each side attaching each other’s merchant ships, with the British who blockaded the Atlantic U.S. coast.
  • The second theatre was the land and naval battles fought on the U.S./Canadian frontier.
  • The third theatre was large scale battles fought in the southern U.S. and Gulf Coast.

By the end of the war, both the British and Americans signed and ratified the Treaty of Ghent, and returned occupied land, prisoners of war and captured ships to their pre-war owners, and resumed friendly trade relations without restriction. (Source: “War of 1812”; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_of_1812; accessed 09/06/2016.)

Following are some facts about Pennsylvania and its contribution to the war:

  • 28,146 infantry men
  • 407 cavalry men
  • 755 artillery men
  • Nine men in miscellaneous troops

Of the totals mentioned above, 12 men who served during this war and are buried at Mount Olivet Cemetery are the following:

Served under Captain Frederick Metzger (died 1868)

  • Henry Wirt (1789-1859) 1st Lieut.
  • Benjamin Welsh, Esq. (1791-1843) 2nd Sgt.
  • Tobias Beck (1789-1866) Private
  • John H. Bange (1788-1870) Private
  • Daniel Stoehr/Stair (1787-1864) Private

Served under Captain John Bair (1774-1886)

  • John H. Beard (1778-1860) Private
  • Adam Forney (1789-1869) Private
  • George Throne/Trone (died 1875) Private
  • Samuel Wigle/Weigle (1785-1881) Private
  • Jacob Young (1795-1875) Private
War 1812 to 1814_Sherman maybe
Henry Sherman, War of 1812

Henry Sherman (1779-1864) served under Captain Richard M. Crain, Private, 66th Regiment, Pennsylvania Voluntary Militia. He, too, is buried at Mount Olivet Cemetery, and my ancestor. He, along with a few others, served in the War of 1812, and are yet to be researched.

Their service was short, perhaps a total of two months. Pay was $2.00/per month. But their patriotism was great.



Who do you remember?

Meet George H. Wildasin (lower left).  He was my grandfather’s brother and served during World War II and buried at Mount Olivet Cemetery.  Growing up I heard his name mentioned, and that is all I remember.  Now I wish I knew more about his life.  As a family genealogist, I am finding out bits and pieces, about his young wife who was burned to death following a seizure.

To the right of George is a very old grave marker for Henry Sherman, veteran of the War of 1812.  I stumbled across his stone one day walking through Mount Olivet Cemetery.  I went home to research his name, and learned that Henry was an uncle to George’s mother, Amelia Sherman-Wildasin.  I also learned that Henry’s father was Conrad Sherman, who was a General during the American Revolutionary War. Conrad is buried at Sherman’s Church.

Veteran of World War II
George H. Wildasin, World War II
War 1812 to 1814_Sherman maybe
Henry Sherman, War of 1812

I ask all of you, who do you know at Mount Olivet Cemetery?  You might be surprised!