THE FORREST FAMILY Dana Forrest, a true patriot, who was the father of seven loyal sons, was residing in Smithfield when the tocsin of war was sounded. After sending all his boys to aid in putting down the Rebellion, he himself went to a recruiting station and offered his services to the government. But to his deep regret, on account of age and other disabilities, he was rejected. These seven patriot sons, all of whom survived the war, are CYRENUS, who was a corporal in Co. B., 171st P.V., from November, ’62, till August, ’63. When he was mustered out with his company; re-enlisted September, ’64. In the 15th N.Y. Light Artillery, discharged in July, ’65. MARCUS A. enlisted in August, ’63. in the 72d N.Y. Vol. , and served until the close of the war. LEMAN D. was a first lieutenant in Co. F., 6th Pa. Reserves, from May, ’61.According to his record, Lt. Forrest was a 22 year old teacher from Smithfield, PA. He apparently deserted November 28, 1862 at Warrenton, Virginia, and later dismissed from the army by order of the President of the United States dated April 6, 1863., till April ’63. CHARLES P. was a member of the 50th N.Y. Engineers from February, ’64, till June, ’65. WILLIAM B. enlisted March, ’62. In the 2d U. S. service from which he was discharged in September, ’64. Re-enlisted September, ’64 , as a lieutenant in the 3d U. S. colored troops; discharged in October ’65. DELANO A. enlisted August ’64, in Co. B, 61st N.Y. Vol; discharged June, ’65. LOREN W. enlisted as a private in Co. F, 6th Pa. Reserves; was promoted to sergeant in ’62; re-enlisted and served as a lieutenant in Co. H. 191st P.V.; was taken prisoner Aug. 28, 1864 and confined in Libby, Salisbury and Danville until Feb. 22, ’65; discharged April 27, ’65; was a member of the Legislature form 1891 to 1893.
Currently a resident of Burke, Virginia - I'm originally from the City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I have been a student of the Pennsylvania Reserves since 1997 and thoroughly enjoy telling their story. By trade I'm a former IT Professional but presently working as a Letter Carrier for the United States Postal Service.