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Col. (USA), James Alanza Stahle, Sr

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Bottstown, York County, Pennsylvania, United States
Death: December 21, 1912 (82)
Emigsville, York County, Pennsylvania, United States
Place of Burial: York, York County, Pennsylvania, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Stahle and Sarah Stahle
Husband of Mary Ann Stahle; Kate R Stahle and Anna Stahle
Father of Frances Katherine Welsh; John William Stahle; Mary Elizabeth Stahle; Robert S Stahle; Charles Henry Stahle and 5 others
Brother of Jacob S. Stahle; Edman W. Stahle; Catherine Elizabeth Stahle; Henry John Stahle; Sarah J. Fuhrman and 7 others

Occupation: Colonel, sentator
Managed by: Peter Preston Cole
Last Updated:

About Col. (USA), James Alanza Stahle, Sr

Civil War Union Army Officer, US Congressman. When the Civil War started, he organized a militia unit in York, Pennsylvania called the "Ellsworth Zouaves". The men of his unit joined the Union Army in August 1861, forming the core of what became Company A of the 87th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry.

He was commissioned as a Captain and commander of Company A in September 1861, and for the next year and a half he served with his regiment in Western Virginia in mostly garrison duty, occasionally seeing minor operations against small bands of Confederate cavalry. He and his men would not see an actual pitched battle until the June 1863 Second Battle of Winchester.

In the meantime James Stahle had been promoted first to Major, then to Lieutenant Colonel. He served in this capacity as the unit's second in command in its resistance and retreat from Confederate forces near Harper's Ferry, Virginia, and when it joined the Army of the Potomac as part of the First Brigade of the First Division of the famed VI Corps.

He assumed command for the regiment when the 87th Pennsylvania's Colonel, John W. Schall, was elevated to brigade command, and led it in the Battles of he Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor (where is participated in the futile assault on the impregnable Confederate works) and in the confrontation at the Battle of Monocacy in July 1864. He was mustered out when his term expired in October 1864 and returned to his native York, where in April 1865 he performed his last service.

After the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, the slain leader's remains were sent through various parts of the country on the way to his final burial in Springfield, Illinois. James A. Stahle, as one of the more prominent veterans in York, was appointed as Chief Marshal to escort President Lincoln's body through the town.

After the war became a successful farmer, and served as deputy collector internal revenue for York for sixteen years. He was elected as a Republican to represent Pennsylvania's 19th Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives, filling Congressman Frank E. Beltzhoover's vacant seat (who had chosen not to run again). He served for one term from March 4, 1895 to March 3, 1897, and chose not to run for re-election (his spot in Congress was subsequently filled by Congressman George Jacob Brenner, who was a native of Gettysburg, and was present there during the battle as a young boy of 4).

Colonel Stahle's brother, Henry John Stahle, was the outspoken editor of the "Gettysburg Complier", and was briefly jailed on treason charges when, during the battle there, he brought a severely wounded Union officer to the attention of Confederate surgeons, who saved the officer's life, but facilitated his capture. James A. Stahle passed away in 1912 while on his estate near York, Pennsylvania. (bio by: [fg.cgi?page=mr&MRid=309" target="_blank Russ)]

STAHLE, James Alonzo, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in West Manchester Township, York County, Pa., January 11, 1829; attended the common schools and York Academy; learned the printing trade; later became a merchant tailor; organized the Ellsworth Zouaves in 1861 and in August of that year, together with his company of forty recruits, enlisted as Company A in the Eighty-seventh Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers, and served until his discharge October 13, 1864; deputy collector of internal revenue at York, Pa., from May 3, 1869, to July 3, 1885; engaged in agricultural pursuits; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1895-March 3, 1897); was not a candidate for renomination in 1896; resumed agricultural pursuits; died on his estate near York, Pa., December 21, 1912; interment in Prospect Hill Cemetery, York, Pa. US Congress Bio


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Col. (USA), James Alanza Stahle, Sr's Timeline

1830
January 11, 1830
Bottstown, York County, Pennsylvania, United States
1852
July 18, 1852
Age 22
Pennsylvania, United States
1854
July 10, 1854
Age 24
1855
1855
Age 24
1858
1858
Age 27
1861
December 11, 1861
Age 31
York, York County, Pennsylvania, United States
1869
January 7, 1869
Age 38
1871
January 31, 1871
Age 41