Very little is known of his life. He was a veteran of the Civil War, as were his father and three of his brothers, and apparently gave his life as a result of wartime disability.
He served in the 5th Pennsylvania Infantry, and was assigned to Company D. Nothing about his actual wartime activities is known.
Josiah is mentioned in the 1947 book, Harbaugh History (Evansville, IN), authored by Cora Bell and J.L. Cooprider. The volume states that he never married and that he died shortly after the war's end, on July 12, 1865.
Josiah sleeps for the ages near his parents and brothers at the Indian Creek Baptist Church Cemetery near Mill Run, Fayette County, PA.
Although his parents would have been eligible, no evidence exists to show that they ever applied to the government for a military pension as compensation for their loss.
A Bible record containing his name and information, used by the Coopriders for their book, was in the possession of George S. Rowan of Mill Run in the mid-1940s.
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