Joseph Edward, Gettysburg, Union Soldier in MD
I am not rsearching this family, but there is an interesting article in one of my magazines about this man. In the booklet "Crossroads to History - Winchester to Gettysburg and Beyond" Vol 3, #10, October 1998, there is a copy of a letter Joseph wrote from Winchester, VA, on March 23, 1862 to his sister.The article was written by Timothy H. Smith and states:
"Unfortunately no Pennsylvania cavalry units were being recruited from Adams County at this time, so the men turned their attention southward.The rangers traveled to Frederick, Maryland and in August of 1861 were mustered in as Company C, Maryland Potomac Brigade Cavalry.For most of its service, this unit (known as Cole's Cavalry) was stationed at Harpers Ferry where its duties consisted of patrolling the lower Shenandoah Valley.Joseph Edward Wible of Gettysburg, was a private in this unit."
The letter is concluded with the request 'Please write soon. Your affectionate Brother, J.E. Wible.'
Mr. Smith further states - "Joseph Wible served with the Maryland Potomac Home Brigade Cavalry throughout the war and participated in many of its engagements.He received a saber wound in the right shoulder on September 17, 1862 during the Maryland Campaign and was wounded and captured at Leesburg, Virginia on January 1, 1864.He was a prisoner of war for ten months and twenty days, much of the time in Andersonville Prison.After he was released he returned to his unit and was mustered out in December of 1864.Wible returned to Gettysburg where he at one time commanded the local G.A.R. Post.On the 14th of August 1898, he died of pulmonary consumption and was buried in the Gettysburg's Evergreen Cemetery."
I did not see any mention of a wife or other family members.