In the diary of Henry B. Yorgey, Douglass Township, Berks County, PA he indicated that his father George R. Yorgey was drafted into the Civil War approximately between April 1862 and April 1863. Having 8 children at home, George R. Yorgey saught out and found a substiture to serve in his place. Henry Yorgey describes that substitute only as "Mr. Yoder" who was "considerably younger" than George R. Yorgey (age 41-42), was about 5'6" tall and came from "some distance". As George R. Yorgey was drafted in Berks County, PA it is assumed that Mr. Yoder would have enlisted in a Berks County unit. Henry also indicates that the Yorgey family kept close touch with Mr. Yoder on the battlefield, and that Mr. Yoder returned safely from the war. If anyone has any information on a Yoder ancestor who served as a substitute during the Civil War I would like to hear from you. We are trying to determine the complete identity of Mr. Yoder.
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