Private Robert McDade, Sr.
Pennsylvania Light Artillery
Robert McDade, Sr. enlisted as a private in the Independent Battery F of the Pennsylvania Light Artillery on October 21, 1861. During the Civil War, this unit saw action in many battles including Manassas Junction or Bull Run, Chancellorsville, Antietam, and Gettysburg.
Robert McDade, Sr. was thirty-four years old when he enlisted. He left a wife, Mary Parker McDade, and seven children at home. His oldest son, Robert McDade, II, enlisted and died during the latter part of the war. The father lived until November 18, 1900, and his last years were spent in the Old Soldiers Home in Erie, Pennsylvania.
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