Not very many people can say that their grandfather served in the Civil War, but Rice resident Joe Tweedle is one of those few. Although he never knew his grandfather, who died roughly a decade before he was born, Tweedle has been doing genealogy and historical research in addition to what his father told him about James B. Tweedle, M. D.
James was born in 1837 to English and Scottish immigrants and worked in the mines as a driver, then as a teacher while he studied medicine. When the Civil War broke out in 1861, James Tweedle enlisted in the army in Company A of the 28th Pennsylvania regiment under Colonel John Geary. He was given the task of hospital steward and acting assistant surgeon under Dr. H. Ernest Goodman until July of 1864. During that time he saw action in some of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War: Antietam, Gettysburg, Bull Run, Chancellorsville, Leesburg and Manassas. Dr. Tweedle was on the front lines of many of these battles, performing surgeries and giving medical care to wounded soldiers in what was often unsanitary and squalid conditions. Grandson
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