Civil War Veteran, Co A, 148th Reg't PA Volunteer Infantry; wounded at Po River, VA 10 May 1864; wounded again at Cold Harbor, VA Jun 3 same year.
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Rossmans in America, written & compiled by Marion Edgar Rossman, 1990
1862-1865 | Centre County, Pennsylvania
From Rossmans in America written & compiled by Marion Edgar Rossman, copywright 1990, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio:
"The last offspring of John George and Sarah was David Rossman. David was the great grandfather of the writer. David was the second son to be raised by his mother Sarah in Nittany. David was also a shoemaker like his older brother John. However, like most men of the times, they worked at many things when work was available.
"David and Polly Roush were married on Nov 6 1854 at the Reformed Church in Tusseyville with the ceremony performed by the Rev. Peter S. Fisher, the same minister who conducted the burial service for his grandfather Rev. Henry Rossman in Dec. 1832. David and Polly had sons John Calvin and Henry A. and daughter Mary Jane before David enlisted in Co. A, 148th Regiment of the Penna. Volunteer Infantry.
David served the entire war and was noted as being a soldier of daring and unusual bravery having participated in many engagements, however, it was rumored at one point he had decided that he had enough of the war and went AWOL. He was "holed up" in a little cabin on Nittany mountain when his brother John persuaded him to return to duty. When he returned after several weeks, no one even missed him or knew that he was gone. Shortly thereafter he was promoted to Corporal. He was wounded at Po River, Virginia May 10 1864 and also suffered a wound of the left leg at Cold Harbor, Virginia on Jun 3, the same year.
"During the war, on July 20 1862 a third son was born and was named for a famous Union General. This son was named David McClellan. A fourth son named William Grant Rossman was born shortly after the war. A fifth son, grandfather George Washington was born in 1875 in addition to three daughters, Annie, Elizabeth, and Catharine who came along later. David lived the most part of his life after military service on a little (10 acre) farm on Nittany Mountain in Spring Township where it was said the latch string was always out. The total real estate tax for the property of $.90 per year.
"After an illness of three weeks as a result of a stroke, David died at his home on January 9 1914. Religiously he was a Lutheran and politically a Democrat of the Jeffersonian type. He left his wife and nine of his 11 children with Great grandmother Polly surviving him until March 18 1917. David's final resting place is in the Pleasant Gap cemetery."
American Civil War Soldiers & Regiments
25 Aug 1862-01 Jun 1865 | 148th Infanty Reg't, PA Volunteer Infantry
American Civil War Soldiers (Ancestry.com)
Residence: Rebersburg, Pennsylvania Occupation:
Enlisted as a Private on 25 August 1862 at the age of 28
Enlisted in Company A, 148th Infantry Regiment Pennsylvania on 25 August 1862.
Wounded on 10 May 1864 at Po River, VA
Wounded on 03 June 1864 at Cold Harbor, VA
Promoted to Full Corporal on 01 April 1865
Mustered out Company A, 148th Infantry Regiment Pennsylvania on 01 June 1865 in Alexandria, VA
American Civil War Regiments (Ancestry.com)
Name of Regiment Date of Organization Muster Date Regiment Type
148th Infantry Regiment PA 01 June 1865 Infantry
Officers Killed or Mortally Wounded (12) Enlisted Killed or Mortally Wounded (198) Enlisted Died of Disease or Accident (4)
ONE HUNDRED and FORTY-EIGHTH INFANTRY
One Hundred and Forty-eighth Infantry. - Cols., James A. Beaver, James F. Weaver; Lieut.-Cols., Robert McFarlane, George Fairlamb, James F. Weaver, George A. Bayard; Majs., George A. Fairlamb, Robert Henry Forster, James F. Weaver, George A. Bayard, Silas J. Martin. This regiment was composed of seven companies recruited in Center county, two in Indiana and Jefferson counties, and one in Clarion. It rendezvoused at Camp Curtin, Harrisburg, where it was mustered into the U. S. service from Aug. 22 to Sept. 8, 1862, for three years. Col. Beaver had served in a militia company, as 1st lieutenant in the 2nd volunteer infantry, and as lieutenant-colonel of the 45th. He was appointed colonel of the 148th at the request of the line officers. A number of the other officers had also previously been in service. The total enrollment of the regiment was 1,339, of whom 12 officers and 198 enlisted men were killed or died of
wounds, and 4 officers and 183 enlisted men died of disease, accident or as prisoners. The total of killed and wounded was 769 and 62 died in Confederate prisons. It was one of the three hundred fighting regiments enumerated in Fox's "Regimental Losses," and participated in the following engagements:
Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Wilderness, Po river, Spottsylvania, Totopotomy, Cold Harbor, Prison Guard Salisbury, N. C., first assaults on Petersburg, siege of Petersburg, Jerusalem plank road, Deep Bottom, Reams' station, Hatcher's run, White Oak road and Farmville. For three months after its organization it was engaged in guarding a section of the Northern Central railroad in Maryland, with headquarters at Cockeysville, and joined the Army of the Potomac at Falmouth immediately after the battle of Fredericksburg. It was assigned to Caldwell's (1st) brigade, Hancock's (1st) division, 2nd corps, and remained with this division throughout its term of service. It suffered severely in its first battle, Chancellorsville, where it lost 31 killed 119 wounded and 14 missing, Col. Beaver being severely wounded early in the engagement. It arrived on the field of Gettysburg on the second day of the battle and took position on the crest to the left of Cemetery hill. It was hotly engaged for about an hour in the afternoon of July 2 at the wheatfield in front of Round Top and then retired to its original position. Its loss was 19 killed, 101 wounded and 5 missing. After the battle it shared in the pursuit of the enemy, and in the Virginia and Mine Run campaigns. On Oct. 29 it received 125 drafted men and towards the middle of November 158 more were added to the ranks. Many of these were good recruits, though a few were worthless and depraved. The command went into winter quarters near Stevensburg, Va., where 120 more recruits were received. It lost only 1 man killed at the Wilderness, as it acted mainly as support to the other troops. It was heavily engaged at the Po river and Spottsylvania, where it lost 31 killed, 235 wounded and 33 missing, a total of 301, the greatest loss inflicted on any infantry regiment at Spottsylvania.
Lieut.-Col. Fairlamb was here severely wounded and taken prisoner. In the assault on Petersburg on June 16, Col. Beaver, in command of the 3d brigade, was severely wounded. He rejoined the regiment as the battle of Reams, station was beginning and was again wounded, losing a leg. The 148th was one
of the regiments -one from each division being selected- to be armed with breech-loading rifles the selection being made by Gen. Hancock. It was highly commended by Gen. Miles for its gallant conduct at Sutherland's station on the South Side railroad in April, 1865. After sharing in the closing movements of
the campaign it returned to the neighborhood of Alexandria, Va., and was there mustered out on June 3, 1865.
Source: The Union Army, vol. 1
Fought on 02 May 1863 at Chancellorsville, VA.
Fought on 03 May 1863 at Chancellorsville, VA.
Fought on 14 June 1863 at Falmouth, VA.
Fought on 02 July 1863 at Gettysburg, PA.
Fought on 03 July 1863 at Gettysburg, PA.
Fought on 14 October 1863 at Auburn Mills, VA.
Fought on 14 October 1863 at Bristoe Station, VA.
Fought on 03 November 1863.
Fought on 04 May 1864 at Wilderness, VA.
Fought on 07 May 1864 at Wilderness, VA.
Fought on 09 May 1864 at Po River, VA.
Fought on 10 May 1864 at Po River, VA.
Fought on 10 May 1864 at Spotsylvania Court House, VA.
Fought on 12 May 1864 at Spotsylvania Court House, VA.
Fought on 13 May 1864 at Spotsylvania Court House, VA.
Fought on 14 May 1864 at Spotsylvania Court House, VA.
Fought on 24 May 1864 at North Anna River, VA.
Fought on 29 May 1864 at Four Mile Run, VA.
Fought on 30 May 1864 at Bethesda Church, VA.
Fought on 30 May 1864 at Totopotomoy Creek, VA.
Fought on 31 May 1864 at Totopotomoy Creek, VA.
Fought on 01 June 1864 at Cold Harbor, VA.
Fought on 02 June 1864 at Cold Harbor, VA.
Fought on 03 June 1864 at Cold Harbor, VA.
Fought on 04 June 1864 at Cold Harbor, VA.
Fought on 05 June 1864 at Cold Harbor, VA.
Fought on 06 June 1864 at Cold Harbor, VA.
Fought on 07 June 1864 at North Anna River, VA.
Fought on 11 June 1864 at Cold Harbor, VA.
Fought on 15 June 1864 at Petersburg, VA.
Fought on 16 June 1864 at Petersburg, VA.
Fought on 17 June 1864 at Petersburg, VA.
Fought on 18 June 1864 at Petersburg, VA.
Fought on 22 June 1864 at Jerusalem Plank Road, VA.
Fought on 22 June 1864 at Petersburg, VA.
Fought on 22 June 1864 at Strawberry Plains, VA.
Fought on 14 August 1864 at Deep Bottom Run, VA.
Fought on 15 August 1864 at Deep Bottom Run, VA.
Fought on 16 August 1864 at Deep Bottom Run, VA.
Fought on 18 August 1864 at Deep Bottom Run, VA.
Fought on 24 August 1864 at Reams' Station, VA.
Fought on 25 August 1864 at Reams' Station, VA.
Fought on 28 August 1864 at Deep Bottom Run, VA.
Fought on 08 October 1864 at Petersburg, VA.
Fought on 26 October 1864 at Petersburg, VA.
Fought on 27 October 1864 at Boydton Plank Road, VA.
Fought on 29 October 1864 at Strawberry Plains, VA.
Fought on 25 March 1865 at Petersburg, VA.
Fought on 30 March 1865 at Gravelly Run, VA.
Fought on 31 March 1865 at Adams Farm, VA.
Fought on 31 March 1865 at Five Forks, VA.
Fought on 31 March 1865 at Gravelly Run, VA.
Fought on 31 March 1865 at South Side Railroad, VA.
Fought on 02 April 1865 at Petersburg, VA.
Fought on 05 April 1865 at Adams Run, VA.
1890 Veterans Schedules, Pennsylvania
1890 | Spring Twp, Centre County, Pennsylvania
1890 Veterans Schedules > Pennsylvania > Centre > Spring (image 10 of 11)
Special Schedule - Surviving Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines, and Widows, etc.
S.D. 6, E.D. 83
Line 34 Hse 151 Fam 155
Name of Surviving Soldier: Rossman David
Name of Regiment: 148 Pa Inf
Date of Enlistment: 22 Aug 1862
Date of Discharge: 1 Jun 1865
Length of Service: 2 yrs 9 mos 10 days
Pennsylvania Veterans Burial Cards, 1777-1999
9 Jan 1914 | Pleasant Gap, Centre County, Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Veterans Burial Cards, 1777-1999 > Centre > (image 5 of 19)
Record of Burial Place of Veteran, Centre County
Name: Rossman David B
Date of Death: 1/9/1914
Veteran of: Civil War
Served in: Army
Dates of Service: 8/22/1862 to 6/1/1865
Organization: Co. A, 148th Regt. Inf.
Cemetery of Place of Interment: Lutheran Cemetery, Pleasant Gap, Pa.
Location of Grave in Cemetery: North side
Information Given by: Gearhart, 1/17/1935