Descendents of young hero killed in the Civil War continue to increase
On the 18th of August, 1862, James N. Schoonmaker received authority from the Secretary of War to recruit a battalion of cavalry, of five companies. So rapidly were the ranks filled, that on the 29th, the authority was extended to the recruiting of a full regiment of twelve companies. Recruits were principally from the counties of Allegheny, Fayette, Armstrong, Washington, Lawrence, Erie, and Warren, and from the city of Philadelphia.
One of the men who answered the call to serve was James E. Mackrall, who enrolled and was mustered into service on September 25, 1862, as a private under Captain David K. Duff, Company K 14 Regiment, Pennsylvania Cavalry. Mackrall had previously served from April to August 1961, at which time his term expired, and he was honorably discharged.
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