Cyrus C. Kirling (actual spelling Kerling) born in Washington Co., MD and raised in Franklin County, PA. He initially served with the 77th Pa from 17 Sept 1861 until 24 October 1864. He enlisted as a substitute in February of 1865 in Co. E 100th Pa and carried the U.S. flag in the battle of Fort Stedman on March 25, 1865.
After the war he married Sarah Yeager and his first child was named William Grant Kerling (after both Sherman & Grant). I am William's Great-grand daughter.
Cyrus died on 24 August 1907 is buried in Three Springs Cemetery, Three Springs, Huntingdon County, Pa.
The following 1865 letter written on Pvt. Kirling's behalf by Captain Book of Company E formally acknowledges Kirling's status of a "substitute" and his honorable wounding in battle defending the U.S. colors.
(*Note: Thanks to Ruth Curfman for transribing this National Archives pension letter. Converted to HTML for the Roundhead "Letters" webpage by David L. Welch)
(signed) D. P. Book Captain
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