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Joseph A. Weiss
Born 1846
JOSEPH A. WEISS, farmer, Wayne Twp., Sec. 34; P.O. Amber; owns forty acres, all under cultivation; value $1,400. Born in Northampton Co., Penn., in 1846; came to Jones Co. August 8, 1865; has since resided here, but not all the time in Wayne Township; lived in Jackson six years. Was in the war of the rebellion, a member of the 54th Penn. V.I.; enlisted first the 11th of December, 1861; was in Co. K, a drummer; was discharged February 22, 1864; re-enlisted as a veteran in same regiment, Co. B, February 23, 1864, as a drummer again, and was such until discharged, which was July 15, 1865, at the close of the war; was in Gen. Phil Sheridan's command; also under Gen. Franz Siege1 and Gen. Hunter; in the last year of his service, was in the command of Gen. Ord; was in the battle of Cedar Creek, Va., where Sheridan made his famous charge after riding from "twenty miles away;" Mr. Weiss' command joined the Army of the Potomac, and was near Richmond when it fell; his regiment, commanded by Gen. T. B. Reade, was captured by Lee's army. Wife's maiden name was Amanda Albright, a native of Pennsylvania; born November 3, 1854; they were married in Olin, Iowa, July 8, 1871.

Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Western Historical Company, Chicago, 1879, page 636.

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