Thomas R. Orwig (c.1838-1862)

Thomas R. Orwig (c.1838-1862)

Birth: 1839; New Berlin, Union, Pennsylvania

Death: May 13, 1880 (age 38); Naval Hospital, Washington D.C.

Military Service: USA, 1862

Unit: 142nd PA Infantry

Alma Mater: Dickinson College, B.A. (Class of 1859 non-graduate); University of Lewisburg(Bucknell University), B.A, (Class of 1862)

The son of a Carlisle minister, Thomas Orwig entered the Dickinson College Grammar School at the age of 16 on September 12, 1855 where he prepared for two years before entering the College in 1855 as a member of the class of 1859. Although Orwig left Dickinson after his sophomore year when his family moved to New Berlin, Pennsylvania, while at the College he was a member of the Belles Lettres Literary Society.

Orwig received his bachelor of arts degree from the University of Lewisburg(Bucknell University) in 1862 and then joined the Union army, rising to the rank of sergeant. He died later that year in a naval hospital in Washington, D.C.

More information about other Dickinson war casualties can be found through the online project "In Remembrance" (see link for related entries below).

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