Hugh Schwär, O.S.B.

Brother Hugh Schwär, O.S.B., was “born at Endingen, Baden, on the 1st of April, 1808, he left Europe to join St. Vincent’s where he made simple vows on the 14th of January, 1855,” the St. Vincent’s Journal noted in his obituary. “His perpetual vows he made on the 6th of January, 1859. Brother Hugh was […]

Solomon King

Enlistment Date: November 18, 1863 Release Date: October 31, 1865 Unit: 163rd Pennsylvania Regiment,  Company H and 3rd Provisional Cavalry Solomon King was born on March 19, 1820. During the Civil War, he joined the army and was placed in the 163rd Pennsylvania Regiment, known as the 18th Pennsylvania Cavalry in company H. The day […]

Georgeius (George) Held, O.S.B.

Brother George Held, O.S.B., was born in Bavaria on March 3, 1821. He professed vows as a Benedictine monk on November 13, 1851. He died on December 10, 1875. He served as a soldier in the Civil War. Additional research is needed to complete this entry. Reference: Letters of Civil War Historia Monasterii I , […]

James Hanlin

Enlistment Date: August 9, 1862 Release Date: May 24, 1863 Unit: 135th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company G James Hanlin was born around 1842. During the Civil War, he joined the army at the age of 20 and was placed in the 135th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company G.  Unfortunately there is little other than a remnant of a […]

Bonaventure (Martin) Gaul, O.S.B.

Enlistment Date: July 14, 1863 Release Date: June 9, 1865 Unit: Company B, 61st Pennsylvania Volunteers Brother Bonaventure (Martin) Gaul, O.S.B., was a private with the 61st Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteers, serving as an infantryman. He was enrolled on the fourteenth day of July, 1863, to serve three years. He was discharged from the service […]


A tombstone with an illegible name is next to that of the Cornyn family. However, it has a GAR marker. The name Cornyn was selected here because  it is between two stones that have the surname of Cornyn. The date of death is January 7, 1891, so additional research may find a veteran who died […]

Ulric (Frederick) Bart, O.S.B.

It might come as a shock to see a picture of a monk as first in the list of veterans who served in the Civil War. But interspersed among this list are other Benedictines from Saint Vincent, many who were born in Europe, who served their new country as infantrymen in the war, as well […]


Cemetery records indicate someone with the surname of Brather, no first name given, no birth or death years, served in the Civil War and is buried in section B. At the time of this publication, no other information could be determined.  (Compiled by Raymond Aguiar)

Henry Brant

Enlistment Date: August 6, 1862 Release Date: March 23, 1863  Unit: 131st Pennsylvania Regiment, Company A Henry Brant was born in 1818. When the Civil War began, he joined the army and was placed in the 131st Pennsylvania Regiment, Company A.  Brant’s regiment was formed at Camp Curtin and was then immediately sent to the […]

George Boley

Unit: Company B, 145th Regiment Born in 1854, George Boley served as a private with Company B, 145th Regiment, in the American Civil War. He was married to Catherine Boley. He died in 1914. He is buried in section C.

Jacob Burgoon

Jacob Burgoon was born on May 30, 1747, in Anne Arundel County in Maryland.  While it is unlikely that he actually participated as a soldier in the Revolutionary War, a Revolutionary War marker decorates his tombstone. In a 1916 letter, it is written that the Adjutant General could not find any record of Burgoon being […]