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Adam Swinehart
Private, Company B
born: May 14, 1815 place: Belmont, Ohio
father: Adam Muench Swinehart, Sr. born: 1776 place: West Bethlehem, Pennsylvania died: October 29, 1829 place: Washington County, Pennsylvania
mother: Catherine Elizabeth Grimm born: April 18, 1778 place: Pennsylvania died: February 18, 1846 place: Canton, Ohio
pre-war occupation: farmer place: Holmes County, Ohio (assumed) post-war occupation: farmer place: Industry, McDonough County, Illinois
married: August 17, 1837 to: Sarah Smith place: Berlin, Ohio
wife born: November 18, 1817 place: Wayne, Ohio died: January 12, 1892 place: Doddsville, Illinois
child: Jonathan S. born: 1838 place: Ohio died: February 5, 1863 place: Jefferson Barracks, St. Louis, Missouri
child: Elizabeth M. born: 1843 place: Berlin, Ohio died: place:
child: Edward B. born: 1846 place: Berlin, Ohio died: place:
child: Sarah Myra born: June 18, 1850 place: Berlin, Ohio died: April 13, 1883 place: Bethel, Illinois
child: Pheobe born: May 14, 1852 place: Ohio died: March 10, 1899 place: McDonough County, Illinois
died: April 18, 1897 place: Astoria, Illinois cause of death:
burial: Salem Cemetery place: Astoria, Illinois
Military Career
3-year service: August 18, 1861 Private Company B place:
discharged: July 9, 1864 on surgeon's certificate of disability place:

Additional Details

Adam's certificate of disability for discharge states:

Reported at Camp Chase about the middle of Sept 1863. In 1862 while going down the river from (unreadable-Ta?) to Illinois in the line of duty his eyes became inflamed, and the results of this principly disable him. His lungs are weak and general health bad. - S. S. Schults, Surg. U. S. (unreadable) in charge Chase Gen'l Hospital

I certify that I have carefully examined the said Adam Swinehart of Lt. Boling's Company, and find him incapable of perfomring the duties of a soldier because of iritic althesims? of the right eye, following inflammation contracted in the service; the sight of the eye is nearly destroyed and that if the left much impaired Has also irritable lungs and frequent palpitations of the heart. Not suitable for T.R.C. having less than 6 Mos. to serve. - S. S. Schultz

Photo and details above provided by Chris Powell, 3rd great-grandson of Adam Swinehart

Information from

Adam Swinehart enlisted in B Company of the 16th Ohio Volunteer Infantry as a Private. Adam was wounded by a near miss of a cannonball at Chickasaw Bluff on December 29, 1862. He sustained permanent injury to sight in his right eye and hearing in his right ear, and was eventually discharged due to disability in 1864. In later years Adam received a pension for permanent disability.

An obituary:
The Astoria Argus
Astoria, Fulton Co, IL
April 22, 1897

Adam Swinehart, aged 81 years, 10 months and one day, died at the residence of Charley Fawcett in Astoria, Sunday, April 18, 1897. Mr. Swinehart was a member of the United Brethren church for many years and lived a good christian life. The funeral was held Monday at the U. B. church conducted by Rev. Valentine and Rev. Poulton, assisted by the soldier boys. The remains were laid to rest at the Salem cemetery west of Astoria.

gravesite of Pvt. Adam Swinehart
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