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Jacob Van Tassel, Civil War Veteran*

Civil Warm Man Gets Last Call

January 11, 1924

Jacob Van Tassell, Who Served In Many Battles In War of '61, Died at His Home Monday Evening.

With the death on Monday evening of Jacob Van Tassell, North Tarrytown has lost one of its oldest residents and a soldier of the Civil War with a service record which any man who did his best for his country would be justly proud of. Mr. Van Tassell was an exceptionally active and kindly old gentleman, who was known and highly regarded by hundreds in this community, especially in North Tarrytown, his home village.

Although in his 85th year he was in good health up until recently. He took pleasure in walking about the village and attending the movies in the evening, enjoying the show with the same interest that the younger folks took in it. His favorite sport was fishing, and up until a year ago he would often walk down to the Hudson and fish along the shore. Many times he went as far south along the railroad as the Archbold dock. On one occasion a couple of years back he landed one of the biggest bass ever caught with a hook and line along the river here in Tarrytown.

Mr. Van Tassell was born at East View, the son of the late John and Sarah Van Tassell, who were of old Revolutionary stock. At an early age his parents with their family moved to North Tarrytown where Mr. Van Tassell had resided ever since. He was one of the first of the Van Tassell boys to volunteer in response to President Lincoln's call to arms.

A resume of his exceptional war record is given below. He was one who did not want to give up the fight, for he was honorably discharged four times and each time re-enlisted to do his share to hold the United States in tact, which through the success of men like him resulted in the great United States of America today.

Mr. Van Tassell was mustered in with the Army of Defense about Washington and he was transferred to Aquia Creek May 25, 1862. His first skirmish was near Union Creek. He was then transferred to Pope's army for the Northern Virginia campaign and the first battle began with the skirmish on the Rappahannock August 21-23.

There there were several other engagements which led to the Second Battle of Bull Run, Aug 30, 1862. He then participated in the Maryland campaign, from September 3 to 20 of the same year, and in the Battle of South Mountain September 14.

Other great battles he appeared in were Fredericksburgh, the campaign from the Rappahannock to Petersburgh, Cold Harbor, Gettysburg, Parkers Stores, Spottsylvania, flanking of the Confederate Army near Petersburg, fall of Petersburg, and he witnessed the surrender of Lee's army to General Grant. From there the army returned to Washington, where the grand review of the Grand Army of the Republic was held July 16, 1865.

Mr. Van Tassell, who also saw action at Loyndon and Rappahannock Counties, took part in the engagement at Philomont and Union, and at Alperville was guard of the pontoon bridge at Franklin crossing.

In 1863 he was with General Burnside's army and prior to the engagement at Pollock Mill Creek Crossing, April 29, he participated in several skirmishes. He again distinguished himself at Ely's Ford road on May 3, and he then was transferred to the Army of the Defense of Pennsylvania. June 24 and 25 he participated in the Battle of the Haymarket, and then came to Gettysburg, July 1 to 3.

He then took part in the pursuit of the enemy into Virginia July 6 to 25, engaging in several battles during that period.

He was in Bristoe, Va., campaign and later at Blackburn's Ford, and in November of the same year he participated in the engagements of Mine Run.

There were scores of other engagements that Mr. Van Tassell took part in, but he came out of every battle unwounded.

The funeral was held from his late residence on Wednesday afternoon at 3 o'clock, the Rev. Thomas W. Smith, pastor of the Beekman Avenue M. P. Church, officiating. Interment was in the Soldiers' Plot in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. Rev. Smith, Ward B Burnett Post, G. A. R., and the Women's Relief Corps conducted the services at the grave.

The pallbearers were K. Herschel Purdy, Edward Mezger, Joseph Benjamin and Clinton N. Scott, of Spencer Kelly Post No. 267, American Legion, who turned out in uniform.

Mr. Van Tassell is survived by his wife; three sons, Richard, Bertrand and Leroy Van Tassell, and one daughter, Mrs. James Furlong, of North Tarrytown. There are also four brothers, John and James, of North Tarrytown; Hiram of New York City, and Abram Van Tassell of Nebraska.


*Newspaper clipping, (Prob. Tarrytown Press Record), Jan 11, 1924.


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