Edward A Irvin
Edward A. Irvin was the son of William and Jane (Patton) Irvin of Clearfield, Centre County, born Jan. 13, 1838; educated in common schools and Mt. Holly and Edge Hill academies, New Jersey. He pursued the lumber business and raised a company of 100 soldiers in Curwensville, Clearfield County, May 29, 1861, serving as Captain of Co. K, 42d Regt., 13th Pa. Reserves: the famous “Bucktails” or “First Rifles.” Irvin participated at: Drainesville; Manassas; Falmouth and Fredericksburg; Harrisonburg; Strasburg; Woodstock; Mount Jackson; Cross Keys; Catlett’s Station; Bull Run Bridge, and Mechanicsville, where he was captured on June 26, 1862. Irvin spent two months in Libby Prison before parole, returned to combat at South Mountain and Antietam (wounded in head with minie-ball); saw considerable action at the Battle of Fredericksburg; promoted Lt. Col. of the regiment, and wounded once again. After the Mud March, the 42d proceeded to Washington where Irwin mustered out with a surgeon’s certificate; returned to the lumber business; was an unsuccessful candidate for U.S. Senator in 1899; and was elected to the state Senate in 1904. Senator Irvin married the former Emma Graham of Clearfield. He passed away in Curwensville, Clearfield County on October 13, 1908.