John A. Maus, Co. B, 5th Pennsylvania Reserves

William G. Cutler's History of the State of Kansas. COWLEY COUNTY, Part 7. BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES (MCGUIRE - ROSS).

John A. Maus
Captain John A. Maus, standing in uniform.

John A[ndrew] Maus, brick and stone mason, was born in Northumberland County, Penn., September 6, 1830. He learned the trade of Mason when a young man, and has always worked at the business except the four years spent in the army of the United States for the repression of the rebellion, from 1861 to 1865. August 8, 1861, he enlisted as a private in Company B, Fifth Regiment of the Pennsylvania Reserves. He was soon after made Sergeant, and September 8, 1862, was commissioned Second Lieutenant of the company, First Lieutenant March 5, 1863, and Captain January 1, 1864, to Brevet Major March 13, 1865. He served through his term of enlistment as Captain of the company. He was with this famous division of the army in the Peninsular campaign of 1862, taking a hand in the famous seven days” battle; was at the second battle of Bull Run, South Mountain, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, and many other stubbornly contested fields. He was mustered out as Captain in June, 1864, and recruited two companies during the summer in Western Pennsylvania. He re-entered the service September 4, 1864, as Lieutenant Colonel of the Two Hundred and Second Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, serving with distinction until the close of the war, being mustered out in August, 1865. He returned to Pennsylvania, settled in Union County and began work at his trade. In 1878, he came to Kansas, settled in Winfield, Cowley County, and has since been engaged in the business of contractor for brick and stone work. He has never held any civil office, but his honorable record as a soldier in the most famous division of the Army of the Potomac makes him deserving of the country. He is a member of the G. A. R. and the A. O. U. W. He was married September 27, 1849, in Northumberland County, Penn., to Miss Sarah J. Christ. They have nine children – Joseph S., Alice, Mrs. T. F. Reed; Charles W., Pauline A., Henry P., Ulysses G., Mrs. Weymouth; Samuel G. and John A. His name is mentioned in General Order No. 299, War Department, Adjutant General’s office, Washington, December 7, 1864, in regard to feeding and clothing our prisoners of war in Southern prisons.

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