Grandma's Cabin, Genealogy by Nancy Machuga

Two brothers, two destinies

         Two young Stickler brothers, George W. and Gilbert C., enlisted on 5 August 1862 at Campbell, Steuben County, New York to serve for 3 years and were mustered into the service of the United States in Elmira, Chemung County, N.Y. on 6 August 1862 as Privates in “F” Company, 107th New York Infantry Regiment.

         George W. Stickler’s enlistment papers stated he was 18 years of age having been born in 1844 in the hamlet of Caton, Steuben County, New York.  He was listed as a laborer by occupation and he was 5 feet 8 inches in height with light hair, light complexion and gray colored eyes.

         From his service records it was stated that George had been sent from Harper’s Ferry, Virginia to the General Hospital (location not named) because of illness.  He remained sick in the hospital for several months until his release back to his regiment on 10 April 1863.  His service records indicated he was present with his regiment from April 1863 through December 1863 having taken a leave sometime during October 1863 to return to Elmira, New York.

        However, in his January 1864 military papers it was recorded that George W. Stickler was tried by a General Court Martial and his pay was deducted by $10.00 monthly for six months as his fine.   These papers have no listing of any charges against him so the cause for a General Court Martial remains unknown.

        On 16 June 1864 George W. Stickler was wounded in action at Pine Ridge, Georgia and suffered a gun shot wound in his left leg.  His service record stated he was in the hospital at Jeffersonville, Indiana while the following letter written by George gave the place as Madison, Indiana.

                                                    U. S. General Hospital
                                                Madison  Ind  Jan 3rd 1865

                       Honorable Horatio Seymore

                       Dear Sir:
                                       Having been rendered unfit for service by a gun shot
                       wound in left leg at Pine Ridge Georgia on 16th of last June I most
                       respectfully request you to get me transferred to Elmyra City New
                       York.  I will not be fit for duty during the time I have to serve which
                       is seven months.

                                                          Yours Respectfully,   George W. Stickler
         George W. Stickler’s Army of the United States Certificate of Disability for discharge stated:

         “I certify that I have carefully examined the said George W. Stickler and find him incapable of performing the duties of a soldier because of gun shot wound of the calf of the left leg.  The ball passing through the leg fracturing the lower third of fibula causing partial anchylosis of the ankle joint.   Wounded at the battle of Pine Ridge, Georgia 16 June 1864.  Discharged in accordance with Order of War Dept., Adjutant General.”
                                                                                         J. K. Stanchfield, Surgeon 
Discharged 5 June 1865


         George W. Stickler remained in New York State for several years but moved to Blossburg, Pennsylvania by 1880 where he was listed on the census with his wife Mary, eldest son Gilbert (named for George’s older brother Gilbert C. Stickler who died in the Civil War), daughters Martha and Eliza and younger sons David and William Stickler.

         By 1900 George W. Stickler was not on the census rolls and there is no record of him collecting a pension.  His children moved to the Covington, PA area and his son William Stickler was in U.S. service in the Phillipine Islands.

                                                           Gilbert C. Stickler

        Gilbert C. Stickler’s military service was extremely short.  After being mustered into “F” Company, 107th New York Infantry Regiment on 6 August 1862 in Elmira, N.Y. Gilbert fell ill
with the “camp fever” (typhoid) and died 1 October 1862 at Maryland Heights, Maryland.  He was buried with other soldiers of the 107th N.Y. at the Antietam National Cemetery, Sharpsburg, Maryland.  His remains rest in section D, grave number 416/25B-434.

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