JOHN ANDREW J. FERTICH

Headstone and footstone of
John Andrew J. Fertich
 
 
J.A.J. FERTIG
CO. F
7TH PA. CAV.
 
John Andrew J. Fertich was born in 1842 or 1843 in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, the eldest son of Adam Joseph and Harriet Fertig/Fertich1,2,3.  John A. J. was raised in Butler Township, Schuylkill County and took up farming for a livelihood as a young man1,2.
 
On October 21, 1861, in the town of Barry, John A. J. volunteered for a three-year enlistment in Lincoln's Army during the War Between the States4,5.  He was recorded as being 18 years old, 5 feet and 5˝ inches tall, brown hair, grey eyes, light complexion and a laborer by occupation4,5,6.  John A. J. enlisted as a private in Company F of the Seventh Cavalry, Eightieth Regiment of the Pennsylvania Volunteers4,5,6 Company F was lead by Captain Cyrus Newlin, followed by Richard H. Fisk and later Captain William Jenkins7,8.  The Seventh Cavalry was commanded by Colonel George C. Wynkoop, followed by Colonel William B. Sipes and also Colonel Charles C. McCormick7.
 
On November 7th, John A. J. was mustered into service4,5.  The Seventh Cavalry rendezvoused at Camp Cameron in Harrisburg7.  Sabers, revolvers and horses were issued to the soldiers while at camp7,8.  On December 19th, the cavalry left Harrisburg on route to Louisville, Kentucky pursuant to the orders of Lincoln's Secretary of War7.  Upon arrival in Louisville, Belgian rifles were issued and soon after replaced with Smith and Burnside carbines7.  John A. J. and the other members of Company F were exclusively given the Burnside carbines8
 
The regiment was then ordered to nearby Camp Crittenden, near Jefferson, Indiana and remained their until January 26, 18629,10.  The cavalry then traveled to Nashville, Tennessee and were separated into three battalions7.  Company F served in the Second Battalion under Colonel Wynkoop, to the command of General Dumont7,9.  They were stationed in Nashville and scouted the surrounding areas and defended the city until November 18627,9.
 
The soldiers generally traveled by packing the bulk of their belongings on their horse8.  Typical personal gear included two wool blankets wrapped up and strapped behind the saddle and a rubber overcoat, carpet sack with several suits of underclothing, shaving tools, shoe brush and blacking and perhaps a sheep skin were packed in front8.  The saddlebags were filled with crackers and forty rounds of ammunition8.  The soldier girded himself with the heavy saber, a monstrous long gun on one shoulder and the other shoulder held a sack with three days' rations8.  
 
A letter in February 1862 from a soldier in the Seventh Cavalry describes some of the personal aspects of life in the regiment10.
On the 26th of January, we left Camp Crittenden, near Jeffersonville, Indiana.....The first day's march we made nine miles, and yet, with the Ohio River nineteen feet above low water mark; with eleven hundred men, twelve hundred horses, thirty-one green sire mules, and three ambulance teams in our train, to cross on one boat, was nearly one day's work in itself.  in the evening, we encamped in a beautiful little grove; erected huts; kindled camp fires and satisfied our hungry selves.....Consequently, we laid over until the morning of the 28th.....We traveled nineteen miles this day, our teams being all heavy laden.....Next morning we again struck tents, and continued our march......Soldiers are not, generally, considered to be overly clean in regard to their persons, and the clerk of the weather seemed to have caught up this idea, as he gave us a shower bath that not only penetrated our blankets, gum and great coats but also the pores of the skin.  He not troubled himself on our behalf, as we travel where water is plenty, and where we make good use of it, not forgetting that cleanliness is a virtue, even if others do.  One thing is certain, however; in our ablution in this case, the Government saved some soap by the operation.....Our final destination will be Tennessee providing there are no such obstacles as entrenchment’s, masked batteries, artillery, and smaller arms, thrown in our way.....We are taking advantage of it by drilling from early this morning until late this afternoon.  Our boys are becoming very proficient in the exercise of the saber, and carbine manual - so says Capt. Gay, Cavalry Inspector, who by the way, inspected the regiment his morning.  As for their horsemanship, he says they have not their superiors in the southwestern army among the volunteers.....The health of the regiment may be considered as very good.  No fevers, got some few cases of dysentery, owing to the different changes of water.  We have buried but two men since we left Harrisburg.....Our Regimental Quartermaster, Thomas H. Rickert - you all know him - with his assistant John B. Reed, of St. Clair, are kept very busy to keep up supplies, both for horses and men, as so many consume a vast amount of feed and provisions.  We have some 1100 men, 1206 public, and a number of private animals, which consume daily over 14,000 lb. of oats or corn, and 18,000 lb. of hay.  This of course, takes a little foraging.....It takes one week for a letter to reach us, and two or three weeks for merchandise from Philadelphia.....
On May 2, 1862, Company F was engaged in a skirmish in Lynnville, Tennessee while scouting on the Tennessee and Alabama Pike7,11.  Company F had two of their privates captured while being confronted by a party of southern soldiers under the command of confederate chieftain Morgan7. The Second and Third Battalions pushed Morgan's troops towards the town of Lebanon7. On the morning of the 5th, the Seventh Cavalry sneak attacked Morgan and his men7. Repeated saber charges were made and Morgan was forced to retreat7.  The Seventh captured 170 confederate soldiers during the battle7.
 
In early July, the Second and Third Battalions led the advance of General Dumont's expedition, across the Cumberland Mountains, to Pikeville, where the confederates were met and routed7. On July 10th, Company F was ambushed in Lynchburg, Tennessee11.
 
The entire regiment of the Seventh Cavalry reunited in November 18629. The cavalry was reorganized and assigned to the First Brigade of the Second Division of the Army of the Cumberland7.  On November 26th, the First Brigade advanced on the confederates at Murfreesboro, Tennessee7.  On the 31st, the brigade consisting of approximately 950 men took a position about three quarters of a mile from Murfreesboro7. The confederates approached rapidly with about 2,500 cavalry troops and attacked the Seventh Cavalry with great fury7.  The Seventh held their ground with determined resistance but were forced to retreat when their supporting forces retreated7.  After the confederates were leaving the battlefield, the Seventh Cavalry with the help of the Fourth Cavalry and the First Tennessee Infantry attacked the confederates and inflicted heavy damage7
 
On January 31, 1863, the First Brigade advanced to Rover to break up a confederate outpost7.  The Seventh Cavalry drew their sabers and charged the southern forces with a loud roar to breakup their formation7.  The Seventh pursued the confederates for approximately 10 miles and destroyed half their force7.  The confederates soon reestablished a strong presence in Rover7.  Early in the morning on February 4th, the First Brigade surprise attacked the confederates at Rover with a saber charge by the Seventh7.  The southern forces unleashed a barrage of gun fire from over 2,000 confederate rifles7.  The brigade pushed forward and forced the southern troops to flee towards Shelbyville7 Following this battle, Colonel George C. Wynkoop was honorably discharged and Lieutenant Colonel William B. Sipes was commissioned to succeed him as commander of the regiment7
 
From June 23rd to July 7th, the Seventh Cavalry participated in the Middle Tennessee or Tullahoma Campaign near Shelbyville7,9.  The Seventh plus others from the First Brigade charged the confederate entrenchments near Shelbyville and drove them back to town7. As the northern troops advanced towards Shelbyville, they were showered with gunfire from the six pieces of confederate artillery positioned in the downtown square7.  The Seventh distinguished itself by their gallant charge forward into the streets of Shelbyville under this very heavy gunfire7,12.  The brigade halted the confederate artillery, which caused the southern troops to retreat towards the Duck River7.  Many confederates were driven into the river and subsequently drowned7.
 
From August 16th to September 22nd, the regiment fought in the Passage of Cumberland Mountains and Tennessee River and the Chickamauga, Georgia Campaign9.
 
A muster roll recorded John A. J. as driving a team of horses from June through October 186313 John mustered out and was paid a lump sum of $111.23 for his first term of service through October 31, 18635.  John A. J. reenlisted for another three year term on November 27, 1863 in Huntsville, Alabama3,4,6.  On December 8, 1863, Colonel Sipes ordered that the horses be assigned according to color, assigning bay colored horses to Companies A and F14.  A bay colored horse is any shade of brown with a black mane and tail plus black hair from the knees and hocks down.
 
John A. J. was again mustered into service of the Seventh Cavalry on January 4, 1864 in Nashville, Tennessee13.  The regiment was granted a 30-day furlough in Harrisburg8.  The trip back included a march to Columbia, followed by rail car to Nashville, the steamboat Kenton to Cairo, Illinois, followed by rail car to Harrisburg8.  The Seventh then marched to Camp Curtin and arrived on January 25th8,11.  John A. J. was free to return to his father's home in Barry, for the duration of the furlough8.  On February 26th, the regiment reassembled for combat at Harrisburg11.  While on furlough, Colonel Sipes equipped the cavalrymen with Spencer carbines and improved sabers and horse equipment7.  The regiment returned to Nashville on March 22nd11.
 
From May to September 1864, the Seventh was engaged in the Atlanta Campaign9.  The regiment participated with Sherman and his march towards Atlanta7.  They were involved in several raids en route to Atlanta and were involved in the siege of the city from July 22nd to August 25th7.
 
A letter from a soldier of the Seventh Cavalry describes some details of the fighting near Jonesboro during the Atlanta Campaign15.
We following closely in their rear, drove them all day, and at dusk struck the Macon Rail Road at Jonesboro. At this point we destroyed over three miles of track, burned the depot and several their buildings, used by the Confederate Government as store houses, and an iron water tank.....After fighting on foot for some time in which neither party appeared to gain much, we were ordered to mount, which we did. We were formed into columns of regiments, and ordered to charge. Our Regiment was on the right, the 4th Michigan in the centre, and the 4th U. S. was on the left of the road. Another Brigade was formed in like manner. When every thing was ready the word was given; and in they went. Words can scarcely portray the terrible sublimity of that charge. The air was filled with burning shells and musket balls. The ground fairly trembled under the tread of a thousand horses. As they get nearer the foe the grape and canister come tearing through the ranks, yet nothing can stop our rushing columns. Nearer they come to the yet unbroken line. Now they close upon them with a yell which drowns the roar of artillery and the crack of the musket. Now the rebel line is broken and is fleeing in wild disorder. Many are cut down with the sabre and many more trodden under foot by the horses. The field is won, the victory is ours, and wild and exultant is the cheer that makes the very welkin ring. Their battery is silenced. One of the pieces we brought with us, and the others were spiked and rendered perfectly useless.....We had some more hard fighting, but as usual were victorious. The same afternoon the whole command forded Cotton River, which was so swollen that the horses had to swim. The next day, the 21st, we crossed Yellow River and destroyed four bridges after we had crossed, and yesterday, the 22nd, the command came in by way of Decatur, having had a circle around Atlanta.
After this campaign, the Seventh was suffering severely in men, horses and equipment7.  They were ordered to Louisville, Kentucky to be remounted, equipped and prepared for active duty7.  Many of the enlistment terms of the officers had expired and promotions were made to others7 Charles C. McCormick replaced William B. Sipes as Colonel of the Seventh Cavalry7.
 
The regiment was then sent to Gravelly Springs, Alabama and prepared for the spring campaign of 18657.  On March 22, 1865, the cavalry set out on an expedition from Eastport, Mississippi across the gulf states7 
On April 12th, the Seventh was involved in the occupation of Montgomery, Alabama9.  On April 20th, the regiment arrived in Macon, Georgia and occupied the city9,11.  In addition, on May 10th, the regiment participated in the capture of Confederate President Jefferson Davis11.
 
John A. J. was mustered out of his second term of service on August 23, 1865 in Macon, Georgia4,6. He was paid in full for his service on September 5, 18656.  John A. J. purchased his carbine and saber from the army for approximately $13.0013.
 
The Seventh Cavalry varied in size from approximately 1,100 to 1,800 men with a total of 2,534 men who served in the regiment during one or both of the enlistment terms7,8,10,12.  The Seventh had fought in approximately 80 separate battles7.  Most of the battles were fought in Tennessee and Georgia with several others fought in Kentucky, Alabama, Ohio and Maryland7.  For the duration of the war, the Seventh Cavalry lost 8 officers and 94 enlisted men who were killed and mortally wounded9.  Five officers and 185 enlisted men died through disease, for a total of 292 deaths9.
 
The Seventh Cavalry was also known as "The Saber Regiment" for the daring and deadly use of their sabers during mounted charges against the Confederates8.   One infantry sergeant made the following remarks as members of the Seventh Cavalry rode by, "Boys, there's going to be a fight.  When them fellows are hurried to the front it means business"8.
 
A monument commemorating the Seventh Cavalry was placed in Chickamauga, Georgia16.  It reads the following:
THE 7TH PENNSYLVANIA CAVALRY - Organized at Harrisburg September to December, 1861. The 7th Cavalry served at numerous places and fought in many battles and skirmishes, including, Murfreesboro, Nashville, Franklin, Wilson's Creek, Stone's River, Tullahoma, Chickamauga, Atlanta, Allatoona Hills, Kenesaw Mountain, Kilpatrick's Raid around Atlanta, Operations in North Georgia and North Alabama against Hood September 29-November 3, Occupation of Montgomery April 12, Occupation of Macon April 20. Duty in Georgia and at Nashville, Tenn., till August. Mustered out August 13, 1865. The regiment lost during service 8 Officers and 94 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 5 Officers and 185 Enlisted men by disease.
The rifle that John A. J. purchased was likely the Spencer Carbine that was issued to him.  The Spencer was the primary repeating rifle used during the war17.  It was issued primarily to cavalrymen of Lincoln's army17.  The rifle fired a 52 caliber, 350 grain bullet from a self contained rimfire cartridge17.  The gun could hold up to seven cartridges and was operated by working the lever action and cocking the hammer between successive shots17.  The Spencer was most devastating to the confederate soldiers who only carried single shot muzzleloading rifles17.
 
At the age of 23 or 24 while still single, John A. J. was killed in a railroad accident on January 14, 1866, less than five months after returning from the war8,18,19.  He was buried next to his father and two of his half-brothers at the Bickel Cemetery, south of Lavelle20.
 
On February 16, 1866, an appraisal was performed on the personal property of John A. J21.  Personal belongings included: $35.65 in lawful money, a $12.00 watch, an $8.00 overcoat, a pair of buck skin gloves plus other clothes and boots for a total value of $72.9021.
 
REFERENCES:
1. 1850 Census of Butler Township, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, Adam Joseph Fertig/Fertich family.
For more information, see the reference section for Adam Joseph Fertig/Fertich.
 
2. 1860 Census of Butler Township, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, Adam Joseph Fertig/Fertich family.
For more information, see the reference section for Adam Joseph Fertig/Fertich.
 
3. 1863 War enlistment papers for John Andrew J. Fertich.
Enlistment Paper No. 1:
Veteran
STATE OF Alabama, TOWN OF Huntsville,
I, John Andrew J. Fartich born in Northumberland County in the State of Penna aged Eighteen years, and by occupation a Laborer DO HEREBY ACKNOWLEDGE to have voluntarily enlisted this Twenty Eight day of November 1863, as a Soldier in the ARMY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, to serve for the period of three years unless sooner discharged by proper authority: Do also agree to accept such bounty, pay, rations, and clothing, as are, or may be, established by law.  And I, John Andrew J. Fartich do solemnly swear, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, and that I will serve them honestly and faithfully against all enemies or opposers whatsoever; and that I will observe and obey the orders of the President of the United States, and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to the Rules and Articles of War.  Sworn and subscribed to, at Huntsville Alaba this 28th day of November 1863, BEFORE George F Steahlen 12r + a ???7 PVC, John A.J. Fertich, his X mark
 
I CERTIFY ON HONOR, That I have carefully examined the above named Recruit, agreeably to the General Regulations of the Army, and that in my opinion he is free from all bodily defects and mental infirmity, which would, in any way, disqualify him from performing the duties of a soldier.  Jno. L. Sherk, Jury 7th P??, EXAMINING SURGEON.
 
I CERTIFY ON HONOR, That I have minutely inspected the Recruit John Andrew J. Fertich previously to his enlistment, and that he was entirely sober when enlisted; that, to the best of my judgment and belief, he is of lawful age; and that, in accepting him as duly qualified to perform the duties of an able bodied soldier, I have strictly observed the Regulations which govern the recruiting service.  This soldier has Gray eyes, Brown hair, Light complexion, is 5 feet 5 1/2 inches high., George F. Steahlen, 7th Pa Vol Cav, RECRUITING OFFICER.
 
Mustered unto the Service of the United States in Comp. "F" 7th Regt Penna Vol Cav on the 4th day of Jan. 1864 at Nashville Tenn, Capt 9th Pa Vol, Cav, ?? + ??? of, Mustered 2nd Cav. ???
 
Enlistment Paper No. 2:
DECLARATION OF RECRUIT
I, John Andrew J. Fartich desiring to ENLIST in the Army of the United States, Do declare, that I am Eighteen years and 0 months age: that I have neither wife nor child; that I have never been discharged from the United States service on account of disability or by sentence of a court-martial, or by order before the expiration of a term of enlistment; and I know of no impediment to my serving honestly and faithfully as a soldier for, GIVEN at Huntsville Ala the 28th day of November 1863, John A.J. Fartich, X his mark, Witness: Joseph Denning
 
NO., John Andrew J. Fertich Enlisted at Huntsville Ala November 28th 1863 By George F. Steahlen Reqr 7th Regiment of Pa Vol Cavalry, Reenlistment; last served Company F 7th Reg't of Pa Vol Cavalry, Former Enlistment Rank Private (Comp F) 7th Penn Reg't Vol Cav Enlisted Vet ?? 1861 at Ashland Penn By J.J. Seibert, Mustered Nov 7th 1861 at Harrisburg, PA By Lt. M.F. Watson 5th USA?
 
4. The War veterans card file index.
History of Pennsylvania volunteers, 1861-5; prepared in compliance with acts of the legislature, by Samuel P. Bates., Bates, Samuel P. (Samuel Penniman), 1827-1902.
 
Fartich, John A. J., F - 7 C, 2 - 1142,
Enrolled: 10-21-61, At: Barry, Pa.
M.I. 11-7-61 As: Pvt., At: Harrisburg, Pa.
M.O. 8-23-65
Discharged
Age at enrollment: 18, Complexion: Light
Height: 5' 5˝", Eyes: Grey
Hair: Brown, Occupation: Laborer
Residence: Barry, Pa. (Born) Northumberland Co., Pa.
Remarks: Reen. 11-28-63 at Huntsville, Ala.
 
5. 1863 War discharge paper for John Andrew J. Fertich.
This original document has been handed down and preserved through the line of Daniel B. Fertich.
 
To all whom it may Concern:
Know ye, That John A.J. Fertich a Private of Captain Cyrus Newlin Company, (F,) Seventh Regiment of Pennsylvania Cavalry VOLUNTEERS who was enrolled on the Twenty first day of October one thousand eight hundred and Sixty one to serve Three years or during the war, is hereby Discharged from the service of the United States, this Twenty Seventh day of November, 1863, at Huntsville, Alabama by reason of Re-enlistment (No objection to his being re=enlisted is known to exist.*)
Said John A.J. Fertich was born in Northumberland Co in the State of Pennsylvania, is Eighteen years of age, five feet 5˝ inches high, Light complexion, Gray eyes, Brown hair, and by occupation, when enrolled, a Laborer, Given at Nashville Tenn this Fourth day of January 1864., Wm B Sipes Col, Commanding the Reg't, [A.G.O. No. 99.]
* This sentence will be erased should there be anything in the conduct or physical condition of the soldier rendering him unfit for the Army.
Paid in full final dues at muster out $111,23, Wm  C Aowrd Payer Usa
 
6. 1865 War discharge paper for John Andrew J. Fertich.
This original document has been handed down and preserved through the line of Daniel B. Fertich.
 
To all whom it may Concern:
Know ye, That John A.J. Fertich a Private of Captain William Jenkins Company, (F,) 7th Regiment of Penna. Yetr Cav. VOLUNTEERS, who was enrolled on the 28th day of November one thousand eight hundred and Sixty three to serve Three years or during the war, is hereby Discharged from the service of the United States, this Twenty Third day of August, 1865, at Macon Georgia by reason of Musterd out under Provisions of SO No 9H W. Dept. 1865 (No objection to his being re=enlisted is known to exist.*)
Said John A.J. Fertich was born in Northumberland in the State of Pennsylvania, is 18 years of age, five feet 5˝ inches high, Light complexion, Grey eyes, Brown hair, and by occupation, when enrolled, a Laborer, Given at Macon Ga this Twenty Third day of August 1865., C C McCormick Brevt Brig Genl, Commanding the Reg't, William Jenkins, Capt Co F 7th Pa Cav [A.G.O. No. 99.]
* This sentence will be erased should there be anything in the conduct or physical condition of the soldier rendering him unfit for the Army.
J.J. Culsuls, 1st Brevt 19th USA, Com of Mas depot Ga
Paid in full Sept 5 1865, Jno Kiatley, Paym as ter Usa
 
7. History of Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-5.
History of Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-5; prepared in compliance with acts of the legislature, by Samuel P. Bates. (Samuel Penniman), 1827-1902., Volume IV.
Eightieth Regiment - Seventh Cavalry, Company F
http://www.pacivilwar.com/cwpa80f.html
Eightieth Regiment, Seventh Cavalry, Field and Staff Officers
http://www.pacivilwar.com/cwpa807officers.html
Eightieth Regiment, Seventh Cavalry, Regimental History
http://www.pacivilwar.com/cwpa807history.html
Retrieved information on December 17, 2003
 
8. The Saber Regiment.
The Saber Regiment, History of the 7th Pennsylvania Veteran Volunteer Cavalry, 1861-1865, William B. Sipes, Blue Acorn Press, original edition published 1906, reprinted 2000, p. 302.
Company F, 54th - JOHN A. J. FARTICH, veteran.  Mustered in November 7th, 1861.  Re-enlisted as a veteran, November, 1863.  Mustered out with company, Macon Ga., August 23rd, 1865.  Accidentally killed in railroad accident.
 
9. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion.
A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion Compiled and Arranged from Official Records of the Federal and Confederate Armies, Reports of the Adjutant Generals of the Several States, the Army Registers, and Other Reliable Documents and Sources., Frederick H. Dyer, Des Moines, Iowa: The Dyer Publishing Company, 1908.
http://www.pa-roots.com/~pacw/7hcavorg.html
Retrieved information on December 17, 2003
 
10. 1862 Personal Letter from Seventh Cavalry soldier.
POTTSVILLE MINERS' JOURNAL February 15, 1862
 
11. Battles, Skirmishes, Scout's.
Battles, Skirmishes, Scout's, 15th Annual Reunion 7th Pa. Veteran Volunteer Cavalry, Orwigsburg, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, Col. George C. Wynkoop, Col. William B. Sipes, Col. Charles C. McCormick, Compiled by Captain George F. Steahlin.
http://bellsouthpwp.net/7/t/7th-pa-cavalry/battles.htm
Retrieved information on December 17, 2003
 
12. Regimental Losses in the American Civil War.
Regimental Losses in the American Civil War, by William F. Fox, Lt. Col. U.S.V., pub. 1889.
http://www.pacivilwar.com/cwpa807losses.html
Retrieved information on December 17, 2003
 
13. The War muster rolls for John Andrew J. Fertich.
F. 7 Cav. Pa., John A.J. Fartich. Pvt, Co. F, 7 Reg't Pennsylvania Cav. Appears on Company Muster Roll for Sept + Oct. 1863. Present or absent, absent, Remarks: Driving team for Q.M., 2" Div. Cav. since June 2/63., Browning copyist.
 
F. 7 Cav. Pa., John A.J. Fartich, Pvt, Capt. Newlin's Co., 7 Reg't Pa. Cav.* age 1+ years. Appears on Company Muster-in Roll of the organization named above.  Roll dated Camp Greble near Harrisburg Pa, Dec 17, 186_., Muster-in to date Nov 7, 186_., Joined for duty and enrolled: When Oct. 21, 186_., Where Barry, Period for War years., Remarks, Mustered in Nov. 7, 1861., Roll torn, * This organization subsequently became Co. F 7 Reg't Pa. Cav., Park Copyist.
 
F 7 Cav. Pa., John A.J. Fartich. Pvt, Co. F, 7 Reg't Pennsylvania Cav., Age 18 years.  Appears on a Detachment Muster-out Roll of the organization named above.  Roll dated Nashville, Tenn. Jan. 4, 1864.  Muster-out date Nov. 27, 1863.  Last paid to Oct. 31, 1863.  Clothing account: Last settled Dec. 31, 1862; Am't for cloth'g in kind or money adv'd $38 60/100, Bounty due, $100 00/100., Remarks: Diseh'd for virtue of re-enlistment as Vet. Vol. under the provisions of G.O. No 191 Series 1863, War Dept., Callings Copist
 
F 7 Cav. Pa., John A.J. Fartich+. pvt, Co. F, 7 Reg't Pennsylvania Cav., Appears on Company Muster Roll for Mch + Apl , 1865.  Present or absent, present, + surname appears in present column as "Fertich", Gustin Copist.
 
F 7 Cav. Pa., John A.J. Fartich. Pvt, Co. F, 7 Reg't Pa. Cavalry. Appears on Muster and Descriptive Roll of Vet. Vols. of the organization named above.  Roll dated Nashville Tenn. Jan 4, 1864.  Where born Northd Co. Pa., Age 18 y'rs; occupation Laborer, When enlisted Nov. 28, 1863.  Where enlisted Huntsville Ala, For what period enlisted 3 years.  Eyes Gray; hair Brown, Complexion Light; height 5 ft 5 1/2 in., When mustered in Nov. 28, 1863.  Muster-in to date Nov. 28, 1863.  Where mustered in Huntsville Ala, Bounty due 35 25/100, Company to which assigned F, Remarks: Pres. due $2.00 Remustered as Vet. Vol. under G.O. 191 War Dept. series of 1863 Residence Ashland Schuylkill Co. Pa, G Baudon Copyist.
 
F 7 Cav. Pa., John A.J. Fartich. pvt, Co. F, 7 Reg't Pennsylvania Cav., Age 18 years.  Appears on Co. Muster-out Roll, date Macon Ga Aug 23, 1865, Muster-out date Aug 23, 1865, Last paid to Oct 31, 186?, Clothing account: Due soldier $3 63/100, Carbine + saber Purchsd, Due U.S. for arms, equipment, &c., $13 2?/100, Bounty paid $160; Bounty due $240, Remarks: Vet. Vol., Gustin Copyist.
 
May/June 1864 Muster Roll remarks: “On detached service, dismounted at Dallas, GA June 1, 1864.” 
 
May/June 1865 Muster Roll remarks: “Detached at Brigade Hdq. since May 30, 1865.”
 
14. Regimental Letter, Endorsement, and Order Book,  7th Pa Cavalry.
National Archives, Washington, DC, Record Group 94.
Special Order No. 57, William B. Sipes, Huntsville, Alabama  December 8, 1863.
 
15. Memorial of the Patriotism of Schuylkill County in the American Slaveholders Rebellion.
Memorial of the Patriotism of Schuylkill County in the American Slaveholders Rebellion, Compiled by Francis B. Wallace, 1865.
http://www.pacivilwar.com/cwpa807campaign.html
Retrieved information on December 17, 2003
 
16. The 7th Pennsylvania Cavalry.
The 7th Pennsylvania Cavalry - From The Chickamauga Monument Collection
http://www.civilwarmall.com/mments/7thPACAVCK.htm
Retrieved information on December 16, 2003
 
17. History of the Spencer Carbine.
http://www.hackman-adams.com/guns/spencer.htm
Retrieved information on December 15, 2003
 
18. Writings of Esther E. (Fertich) Hummel, daughter of Jermiah T. Fertich.
For more information, see the reference section for Adam Joseph Fertig/Fertich.
 
19. 1865 Petition for sale of property owned by John Andrew J. Fertich.
Real Estate of John A. J. Fertig dec'd
To the Honorable the Judges of the Orphans Court in and for the County of Schuylkill.  The Petition of Nathan Bolich of said County respectfully Represents:  That John A. J. Fertig, late of Butler Township, in said County, in his life time, to wit, on the __ day of October A. D. 1865 by a verbal contract bound himself to sell and convey to the petitioner by good and sufficient and in fee simple, on the first day of April their next a certain messuage and tract of land situate in said Township of Butler, bounded and described as follows, to wit: Beginning at a stone corner by land of Adam Fertig, Thence north five and a half degrees east Twenty four perches to a stone corner by land of William Boltz, thence north eighty four and a half degrees east twenty perches to a stone and post corner, thence south sixty three and a half degrees west ten perches and five to a white pine corner by land of Daniel M. Hepler, thence south two degrees west eighteen perches and five to a stone corner, thence north eighty five degrees west twelve perches to a stone corner the place of beginning, containing an acre one hundred and thirty five perches, strict measure.  With the appurtenances, the petitioner by the same contract agreeing to pay in consideration thereof the sum of one Hundred Dollars as follows; fifty dollars at the time of making said contract and the remaining fifty dollars upon the delivery of the said deed as per said verbal contract.  The petitioner further says that at the time of making said contract he paid the said Fertig, the said fifty dollars, and the said Fertig, then and there delivered the said premises unto the possession of your petitioner and the same still remains and is the possession of the petitioner, but that then a said John A. J. Fertig, died, to wit: on the 14th day of January A.D. 1866, seized of the legal title of the said messuage and tract of land, without leaving sufficient provision for the performance of said contract.  That said Fertig died, intestate, and that Letters of Administration were duly granted by the Register of the said County, on his estate unto William Bolich.....And now July 12. 1866, it appearing to the Court here, that due notice of the petition of Nathan Bolich has been given to Wm. H. Bolich Administrator of said John A. J. Fertig, dec'd and to Anna Fertig mother of said deceased, and Timothy Bolich, guardian of Albert, Nathan, Jeremiah, Daniel & Benjamin Fertig, all legal heirs of said deceased & that service of the citation heretofore directed, to the said Administrator an heirs, has duly made, and the Court having fully considered the said petition and the answer of the Administrator and widow & heirs, admitting the facts as set forth in the said petition and no cause being shown to the contrary, do adjudge said facts to be sufficient in equity and order and decree that the said contract be specifically performed according to the true intent and meaning thereof.....
 
20. Tombstone of John Andrew J. Fertich.
The tombstone is located at the Bickel Cemetery (Reed's Cemetery / Taylorsville Evangelical Association Cemetery) south of Lavelle, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania.  For directions, see the Reference section for the discussion of Adam Joseph Fertig/Fertich. The tombstone was photographed and transcribed on March 02, 2002.
J.A.J. FERTIG, CO. F, 7TH PA., CAV.
 
21. 1866 Inventory of personal estate of John Andrew J. Fertich.
Inventory of the personal estate of John A.J. Fertig, Butler Twp, decd, Filed March 19, 1866
AFFIDAVIT., SCHUYLKILL COUNTY, SS:
Personally appeared Before me Israel Reed are of the Justice of the Peace in and for said county Samuel S Cachel and John Snyder ?????, being duly Sworn According to law do say, that they will well and truly, and without prejudice and partiality, value and appraise the goods, chattels and credits, which were of John AJ Fertich late of the Township of Butler in the County of Schuylkill, and State of Pennsylvania, deceased, and in all respects perform their duty as appraisers, to the best of their skill and judgment.  And further saith not.  S.S. Kachel, John Snyder, Sworn and Subscribed before me, February the 16th 1866, Israel Reed JP
 
INVENTORY AND APPRAISEMENT, Of the goods and chattels, rights and credits which were of John AJ Fertich late of the Township of Butler in the County of Schuylkill, State of Pennsylvania, deceased, viz:
Monney + Pocked Book $35.65
1 Watch 12.00
1 Over Coat 8.00
1 Coat + 1 Pair Pands 5.00
1 Plause + 2 pair old Pands 1.00
1 Comfered 1 Pair Lerors 3.00
1 Par Buck Skin gloves + Over Shoes 1.25
1 Hat + Cap 1.00
1 Pair Over Shoes + 1 Oil Cloth Carpet bag 1.50
2 Pair Boots 4.00
1 Pair Boots + 1 Pair Shuse .50
$72.90
Taken and appraised by us this 16th day of February A.D. 1866
S.S. Kachel
John Snyder
 
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