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Private Abraham Loane

Pvt. Loane's hand-carved pipe.  Inscriptions include "A. Loane" his Andersonville release date, "Georgia", patriotic motifs, and "2nd Mass Cav".  This was probably carved shortly after his release and is still in the care of his family.  Courtesy of Keith Rogers

Brady image of Pvt. Loane

Abraham Loane was born 2 November 1839 in Ireland. He and his family migrated to Philadelphia, PA in 1850. In 1860, he and an older brother, John, came to San Francisco. John went into the wholesale liquor business and Abraham became a sawyer in a local mill. In 1862, he is shown on the Roster of The First Light Dragoons, commanded by J. Sewall Reed

Late in October 1862, in spite of the call for "None but good horsemen, in good health and of fair size need apply - preferably men from the interior", Loane at 5' 41/2", 130 lbs, was enrolled and mustered into the California Hundred December 4, 1862.  Once the unit went into service in the East, he is shown on the quarterly muster rolls of Company A as company carpenter, cook and on detached service in Washington D.C.  On July 6, 1864, he was a part of the Column commanded by Major Forbes and was captured at Mt. Zion Church near Aldie, VA, by Mosby and his men. He was sent to Andersonville prison. He remained there, enduring all the hardships that have been written of, until wars end, at which time he was paroled to Jacksonville, Fla., 28 April 1865. Thence to Parole Camp at Annapolis, MD. Hospitalized there and later in Boston, he was discharged at Readville, Mass., June 5, 1865. He then returned to his family in Philadelphia where in January of 1866, he married Matilda Scott and returned with her to San Francisco. Due to poor health, thereafter, he worked at various jobs in San Francisco. He was a member of Lincoln Post #1, GAR. He survived until January 13, 1920 and is interred at Greenlawn Cemetery, Colma, CA.

Biography courtesy of Larry Rogers, descendant.