Private Robert James McDade,
3rd Pennsylvania Artillery
Death took even the very young during the Civil War. Robert James McDade, II died thirteen months after he volunteered for service. He was drowned when the transport steamer General Lyon burned off the coast of Cape Hatteras on March 31, 1865. His father, Private Robert James McDade, was also in the Union Army at that time. His mother, Mary Parker McDade, was left to grieve at home with six other children.
Robert James McDade, II had volunteered for service in the 3rd Regiment of Artillery of the Pennsylvania Volunteers at age sixteen. He was recruited in Pittsburg on February 24, 1864. An enlistment bounty of $300 was paid to him. He had been born in 1848 in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. A description indicated that he was five foot and six inches tall and weighed one hundred and fourteen pounds. He had brown eyes, dark brown hair, and a fair complexion.
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