Corp. John Stritmater, Co. K, 100th Regt. Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, "Roundheads"
On-line Museum of
Erick J. Gustin Family Collection,
Used with permission, All Rights Reserved
Stritmater, Co. K account of his service in the Civil War as
recorded by his daughter Carrie and re-typed
by E. Gustin
Below are images of
a large collection of artifacts originally belonging to Corp. John M. Stritmater, Co. K who joined the regiment in January 1864 and mustered out in
July of 1865. Stritmater would have seen action at the Wilderness,
Spotsylvania Court House, the Siege of Petersburg (including the Battle of the
Mine Explosion or "Crater"), and the final battles prior to Lee's surrender
including Fort Stedman, where he was wounded. Erick J. Gustin has generously contributed
images of his ancestor's Civil War and Post War artifacts!
--The Websmith, David L.
of John Marcus Stritmater and his wife Ada Sarah Allen (b.
8-6-1849, d. 3-15-1905) at about the time of their marriage in
Post War Image (early 1900s) of J. M.
Stritmater with Post-War GAR Badge/ribbon.
Stritmater's clean shaven look as an older man is interesting and
different than the stereotype long gray-bearded or mustached veterans of
father, Joseph Stritmater (b: 2-14-1821 d:6-28-1855) & Mother, Mary
Anna Rapp Stritmater (b:8-8-1824 d:8-28-1891) and exterior case
Corporal Stritmater's "Girl I Left Behind Me" (as written on a
note inside case) with exterior case detail. Woman's name is
unknown and she was not the future wife of Stritmater.
Upper: Corp. J.M.
Stritmater Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) Membership Badge; GAR
badge with Colonel Insignia. Stritmater was apparently known
as Colonel Stritmater in Post-War.
Lower: Post War Button with
Ribbon, "Society of the Roundheads, 100th P.V.V.; Personalized
Post-War Badge, "Society of the 100th Regiment, PA Vet. Volunteers,
3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 9th Army Corps, Roundheads, J.M.
Stritmater, Co. K"
M1861 Norfolk U.S.
Rifle Manufactured in Norfolk, CT in 1863 by W.W. Welch; Known as
"Contract Springfields", there were about 8,000 of these
rifle-muskets made in 1863 and approximately 17,000 between 1861 and
images of socket bayonet.
Note: This rifle is suspected to have been acquired by Stritmater
either at the end of the war or post-war to be used in parades,
15th Corps Badge
(Post War?) collected by Stritmater with characteristic "Logan" for
General Logan and "40 Rounds" Cartridge Box Symbol; Post War
Delegate Badge presented by Admiral Farragut Post #2, Lorain, OH
Stritmater's Cartridge Box and Tins
Views of Corporal Stritmater's Bummer Cap (in need of serious restoration per Stritmater's
descendant Erick Gustin)
Websmith Note: Per discussion with
Michael Kraus, Civil War Historian, this bummer is likely a post-war GAR
cap that Stritmater acquired
Clockwise from top
pouch (Double stamped) with 1) A. Crossman & Sons (partially
illegible) & Co. Newark, NJ and 2) Sub Inspected US Ord Dept);
interior of cap pouch, reverse of cap pouch and cartridge box; and belt with oval U.S.
Stritmater's hard shell (heavy weight card board insert) knapsack
with views of front with four flaps/straps/buckles, reverse with
shoulder straps and I.D. tag on inside flap (J.M Stritmater, 49
Frazier Street); collective image of knapsack, cartridge box, cap
pouch and bummer.
Websmith Note: Per
discussion with Michael Kraus, Civil War Historian, this pack is
typically a pre-war variety that was not likely used in 1864-65
during Stritmater's enlistment. They were found to be uncomfortable
and impractical for the long march and campaigns and were turned
back in as surplus by the thousands. It was likely acquired by
Stritmater after the war. The label on the inside flap of the
knapsack has writing on both sides and was attached after the war.
Original Tin and
Percussion Caps; rifle cleaning tools including worms and nipple
Page Revised 12-28-2012
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All Images by Erick J.
Gustin, September 2007