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PRESIDENTS, SOLDIERS, STATESMEN. 1287

Run, Wilderness, Po river, and Petersburg; he was honorably discharged June, 1865, at Harrisburg, Pa. His brothers Theodore, George and John, all served in Pa. Regts. His wife's half-brothers Daniel, David, Jessie and John, all served in Pa. Regts,; the latter was wounded and died in action. His great- grandfather served in the Revolutionary war. Comrade Singleton belongs to G. A. R., he is a laborer, and his address is Hastings, Pa.

JAMES A. SKELLEY.

The subject of this brief sketch was born in Cambria county, Pa., in 1825, and was a son of Michael and Rachel (McGough) Skelley, dec. He was engaged in farming when the late war of the Rebellion was inaugurated. He was 37 years of age when he was enrolled Oct. 24, 1862, in Co. G, 171 Pa. V.I., as Corp., and has an honorable war record. He took part in the battle of Swift Creek, and considerable scouting, skirmishing, guard and garrison duty, and he was honorably discharged at Harrisburg, Pa., Aug. 8, 1863. His great-uncles Patrick Skelley and Huey Skelley were killed by the Indians during the Revolutionary war. His great uncles, Felix Skelly, was held prisoner for a short time during that war. The subject of this sketch embarked in farming after the war closed, and has successfully conducted it ever since. His post office address is Summerhill, Pa.

JOSEPH A. SKELLY

Was born near Ebensburg, Pa., Nov. 4, 1836, and was a son of Hugh and Amelia (Todd) Skelly, dec. the lady whom he chose for a helpmate through life was Susan Long, the nuptial knot being tied Oct. 15, 1868. She was born in this county Feb. 22, 1841, a daughter of Anthony and Mary A.. (Coonse) Long, dec. Four children have blessed this marriage, Mary E., Elizabeth M., Aloysius and Joseph A. When Pres. Lincoln issued a call for troops to defend the Nation's cause, his patriotic love of freedom prompted him to respond and he enrolled Oct. 21, 1862, at Wilmore, Pa., as a private in Co. G. 11 Pa. Cav., and was soon made Corp. July, 1864, he was confined in hospital till September, suffering with fever and ague. Sept. 29, 1964, he was injured by horse falling on him. March, 1865, he was furloughed for 30 days, and rejoined his command at expiration of time. In the spring of 1865 he was detailed to guard duty four months. He took part in the great and famous battles of Black water, Suffolk, North Anna River, Spring Hill, Reams Station, Five Forks, and Appomattox, C.H. He was honorably discharged Aug. 13, 1865, at Richmond, Va. His brothers John, James, David and


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