Veteran of Civil War, 136th NY Infantry. Enlisted as a Private in Willing, Allegany, NY on Aug 11, 1862 at the age of 24. Mustered in on Sep 26 in Portage, joining Co. A, 136th Infantry Regiment, NY
Served from 11 Aug 1862 to 15 Jan 1863. Discharge in Baltimore, MD due to loss of right index finger. Injured while on picket duty in Fairfax Court House, VA, on or about the 20th day of Oct 1862. Record also states that he also suffered from sore ankles and erysipelas, chronic diarrhea and dyspepsia. (Very believable, considering the conditions under which those soldiers lived.)
He received a disability discharge.
Lived in Shongo, NY until 1877.
Was a carpenter in Springboro, Crawford Co. PA
Record from Bob Aho states that he was divorced from his first wife, Alma WHEATON, at Rugby, TN in the winter of 1880-81, married Flora Kinney in 1882. She died in 1894.
Record also states that he was married for the third time in14 Oct 1897 in Beaver, PA, "but the lady was the wife of another man, and I did not know at the time.". (At least, he may have been honest!)
His obituary states "A telegram was received here, Saturday, announcing the death of Reuben FISH at Springboro, PA. Mr. Fish was born here, May 31, 1838, being the son of Lewis B. Fish and his wife. A number of his years of life were spent in Shongo and from there he went to Springboro, PA. He was a soldier in the Civil War, having enlisted in 1862 in the 136th N. Y. Infantry. He is survived by a daughter, three sons and several brothers, one of whom is Ransom Fish of this place.
Following is copied from Co. A, 146th Infantry reunion, which Bob Aho attended in August, 2007.
Reuben Fish shot his finger off in the joint. He is doing well. You spoke of desertion in this company. There are two,Charles Harmon and H. Churchill. They were both from Cuba and Harmon was a sergeant and Churchill a corporal. They went while we were at Portage and after they had gotten their bounty, but I guess there has been nothing done towards getting them. One of them had $20 of A. Mead with which to buy a revolver, but Mead never received it.