ALBUMEN PHOTO OF CIVIL WAR VETERAN AND FAMILY: JOHN A. MCLAUGHLIN 101st PENNSYLVANIA VOLUNTEERS, RESIDENCE AT SPRUCE HILL, PA

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A nice circa 1890 photograph taken outdoors in front of stone house.  Mount measures approx. 8" x 10 1/4", with photo slightly smaller. The family is arranged out front for the photograph. A bearded man and a woman are seated, by age and by the privilege of being seated they are the owners of the house, husband and wife, and the three boys and two girls around them are their children.

An ink inscription (likely 1940s or so) on the reverse reads: “Mr. McLaughlin / Juniata Co. at Spruce Hill / civil war veteran.” This is certainly John A. McLaughlin (1834-1913,) who was born and lived in Spruce Hill Township in Juniata County, Pennsylvania. McLaughlin married in 1866 and had three sons and two daughters, matching the family we see in the photo. Not only that, the stone house in the photo matches a 2003 photo of the McLaughlin house in Spruce Hill available online.

In 1858 McLaughlin purchased the “Dr. Kelly farm,” where he lived afterward. In 1865 he enlisted at Harrisburg in Co. E, 101st Pennsylvania, stationed on the North Carolina coast at Roanoke, New Bern, and Moorhead City. CWData picks him up under “McGloughlin” and there is another John McLaughlin in Co. F, but his identity is secure by the company designation and name of his company commander, given his biography in the Biographical Encyclopedia of the Juniata Valley. He enlisted in February 1865 and mustered into Co. E  on 3/22/65. The regiment was an unlucky one. They had served in the Peninsular campaign, being heavily engaged at Fair Oaks, and were later sent to Suffolk and the North Carolina coast, suffering some 39 men killed or mortally wounded in battle. In April 1864 it got worse: they were part of the garrison of Plymouth, captured by the Confederates. Many of the enlisted men were sent to Andersonville, where over half of them died. McLaughlin was part of eight new companies sent to reinforce the remnants of the regiment who had escaped capture or had been exchanged. They spent most of the time doing guard duty and suffering from exposure on Roanoke. McLaughlin mustered out with the regiment 6/25/65 and returned to Spruce Hill, where he married the following year. He died in Duncannon, Pa., but is buried next to his wife, who died in 1900, in the Lower Tuscarora Cemetery in the hamlet of Academia, Beale Township, just next to Spruce Hill.  [sr]

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