Hannah Helwig Fetterman
Odd Fellows Cemetery, Danville, PA
Daniel was the son and one of ten children born to Mary Bachman and Solomon Fetterman. He first showed up in the 1850 census as a nine-year old attending school and living with his parents and siblings in Roaring Creek Township, Montour County, PA. In 1860, he was working as a wagon maker and still living at home with his parents who were now living in Roaring Creek, Locust Township, Columbia County, PA.
Daniel served in the Civil War in Company H, 132 PA Infantry. He was inducted as a Corporal on August 14, 1862, at the age of twenty-two and served nine months before being mustered out as a Private at Harrisburg, PA, on May 24, 1863. His regiment served under Colonels Richard A. Oakford, Vincent M. Wilcox, and Charles Albright; Lieutenant-Colonels Vincent M. Wilcox, Charles Albright, and Joseph E. Shreve; Majors Charles Albright, Joseph E. Shreve, and Fred L. Hitchcock.
This regiment, from the north-central part of the state, was mustered into the U. S. service at Camp Curtin, Harrisburg, Aug. 11-18, 1862, for nine months. Col. Oakford had commanded the 15th regiment in the three months, service, and the rank and file were of good physique. It left the state for Washington on Aug. 19, encamped near Fort Corcoran on its arrival, and there engaged in the work of drill and preparation. On Sept. 2 it moved to Rockville, Md. where it was assigned to Kimballs brigade, Frenchs division, Sumners corps, which arrived at South Mountain too late to share in the battle. The regiment suffered severely in its first battle, that of Antietam, losing 30 killed, 114 wounded and 8 missing. Col. Oakford and Lieut. Cranmer were among the killed. It then moved with the corps to Bolivar heights and during October shared in reconnaissances to Leesburg and Charlestown. Nov. 6 found it at Falmouth, whence it was detached for duty at Belle Plain for a month. As a part of the 3d brigade, 3d division, 2nd corps, it was engaged in the battle of Fredericksburg, losing 150 out of 340 men engaged, but behaving like a veteran regiment. Gen. French complimented the troops very highly in orders for their heroism in the two battles of Antietam and Fredericksburg. It remained in winter quarters at Falmouth until the close of April, 1863, and then engaged in the battle of Chancellorsville where it was in reserve the first 2 days, but was active at the front on May 3 and 4, its loss being about 50. On May 14 its term expired and it was mustered out at Harrisburg on the 24th (Source: The Union Army, vol. 1).
From the above account, it is plain that Daniel was very actively involved as a soldier in the Civil War and saw many horrors in the battles that he was involved in.
Daniel married Hannah Helwig of Locust Township on May 7, 1865. The marriage was announced in the Star of the North on May 10, 1865, and in the Columbia Democrat on May 13, 1865. Of this marriage, three children were born:
The census for 1870 showed Daniel and Hannah living in Northumberland County, PA, in Mt. Carmel Township, where he was working as a teamster, and owned his home valued at $450 with a personal estate value of $300. On this particular census, Daniel was listed as Adam Fetterman, however, the names of his spouse and the first two of his three children confirm that this was indeed Daniel. By 1880, the family was now living in Danville Township, Montour County, where Daniel was now working as a carpenter. Their daughter Mary does not show up in this census, so it is probable that she passed away. Civil War records available on ancestry.com shows that Daniel filed for an Invalid pension on July 19, 1890, certificate #942,160. The census for 1900 shows them still living in Danville Township and married for 35 years with three children born and only two living. By this time, their children had left home, but they had a female border living with them.
In 1910, the census for Danville Township showed Daniel
as being a retired carpenter and owning his home. At this time, their
daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughter were living with them. After
Daniels death, Civil War records show that Hannah filed for a
widows pension on August 14, 1912, certificate #747,836.
Headstones documented May 29, 2004.